Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

  • Published on:  4/10/2019
  • What it took to collect these 54-million-year-old photons from a supermassive black hole.Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-labThis is an updated version of a video we published in 2016 about the Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration to image a black hole for the first time in human history. On April 10, 2019, the team announced their results: They had successfully imaged the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy m87, which is nearly 54 million light-years away from us. They were able to achieve unprecedented resolution using very long baseline interferometry, which combines the observations of multiple radio telescopes across the globe. The team wanted to find out whether Einstein's Theory of General Relativity holds up in the extreme environment of black holes, and the results do, in fact, seem to be consistent with the predictions. In the future, we may see more and shaper images of black holes as the team targets smaller wavelengths of light and recruits more telescopes. Eventually, they may include an orbiting space telescope. Vox Observatory takes a magnifying glass to some of life's most interesting questions with a focus on science and technology.Watch other Vox Observatory videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAoEH...Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEOr our podcasts: https://www.vox.com/podcastsFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o


  • Vox 3 months ago

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  • Andy Martinez 1 months ago

    Gif was more disappointing than this YouTube channel.

  • draq huffle 3 months ago

    *if Hawkin lived for another year, he would have seen the blackhole*

  • U S Ti 2 days ago

    Its same as saying "If I had just one more day to study I would have topped the exam."

  • Kennith Barns 15 days ago

    He was wize he recanted the god partical, well religion nuts how can explain a black hole and don't say good included them too....

  • Aiden Tapiz 3 months ago

    I showed the image to my grandfather minutes before his passing as he loved everything about space

  • @Zeitgeist X That is literally how digital images work you poor little thing. An images is a representation of the data which was captured by a set of several million sensors. _(You call them pixels.)_ It is then compressed by various algorithms along the way, relative to general visual assumptions. It looks for edges, and faces, and shades, and it bottles it down to various mathematical equations, such that it can be reproduced out of less data, without changing too much visually, but it'll almost...

  • Captain America 4 days ago

    Aiden Tapiz way to go.

  • Nate Alva 3 months ago

    I just wish Stephen Hawking is still here to witness this with us

  • Captain America 4 days ago

    Nate Alva Why?

  • Tomislav Andric 6 days ago

    @Silent Human Why why why people separate Evolution and God. If you believe in God, you don't believe in Evolution. If you believe in Evolution you don't believe in God. I believe that some Supreme Being created everything and put life everywhere in Universe. By definition something can't exist from nothing.

  • Rajdeep Rajwar 3 months ago

    stop complaining about the pixel, remember this pic came from 54mil light years away and my phone takes a pic of the same pixel from 5m away

  • nora 노라 12 days ago

    *@K Clark*I wanna yeet u into a black hole

  • Potato Gamer 1 months ago

    CRAIG ARMY the photo they captured is what the black hole looked like 54 mil years ago edit: (im not sure)

  • D -BUNK 3 months ago

    Black Hole: * Exist *Meme pages: why is it so blurry?

  • AcePanaHEM 5 days ago

    @Thomas Jefferson Bible basher

  • Tomislav Andric 6 days ago

    So don't fight without reason. Everything can be true or can't be true.

  • Lukeamania 3 months ago

    All of the dislikes are from flat black holers.

  • will B 2 months ago


  • Sea Hag π 3 months ago

    Exactly what I was thinking!😁

  • The Maverick! 3 months ago

    That black hole is a paid actor.

  • Is Chirag patel joking or not cuz this whole comment is a joke but i cant tell if chirag patel is joking ._.

  • MFD Dharma 2 months ago

    Tbh they could've hired a better one

  • Bcaused 3 months ago

    This is so complex omg, i am glad some people understand that, it‘s facinating

  • chicken nigger 1 months ago

    Help me in studies?

  • Goofy_Goober 3 months ago

    Scientist: spends 20 years+ trying to get the picture of a black hole(Few people notice)Meme community: makes a meme of the picture in 2 minutes(Goes viral and everyone now only knows it from the meme)

  • Elise V. 8 days ago

    Daniel Geoffrion i’m embarrassed to be alive at the same time as you

  • NPC 86740296 1 months ago

    @ct92404 they have higher education rates and the new generation has an overall better IQ than the previous, they're also more employed in scientific fields. You're wrong by proof.