Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

What it took to collect these 54-million-year-old photons from a supermassive black hole.

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This 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.

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83 Responses

  1. Vox says:

    For more information about the photo, check out this article by Vox’s Brian Resnick: https://www.vox.com/2019/4/10/18302343/first-picture-black-hole-eht-photo-event-horizon And here’s Seth Fletcher’s book, which follows the Event Horizon Telescope project from the start: https://www.amazon.com/Einsteins-Shadow-Black-Astronomers-Unseeable-ebook/dp/B075WSLWFX/ref=sr_1_1

    • Troy Henry says:

      Glas to see your not covering fake news.

      A few people in here have me concerned for our future.

    • Eli18 says:

      I feel that they should’ve gave the team a little more shine

    • Xanzu Vohhenji says:

      +StarsandStones I think the point was that gravitational waves with that magnitude of power couldn’t be explained by anything, but yes it is true that anything that doesn’t have spherical symmetry can make gravitational waves

    • 2consider says:

      Why is this called a photo, when it isn’t? “It’s a composite image made of scraps of data.” This is what makes it real?

    • Aldo Mendoza says:

      3:50 aren’t HF radio waves in the 10-100 m range?

  2. mały kanał says:

    Scientist: *speaks about science*
    Vox: *puts some comedy music becuse why not*

  3. Jan Hemstad says:

    If you listen really close while viewing the image you can hear Matthew McConaughey yelling, “MUURRRPH!”

  4. Orion Blue says:

    Should have tried P30 pro. They say it has astonishing capabilities. Just kidding. Great work from our scientists!

  5. ImADankMemeToo says:

    We’re legit learning astronomy in school rn and my science teacher freaked out when this happened

    • Brian says:

      Actually it isn’t a big deal. As soon as some celebrity says or does something dumb again all of you will forget about black holes.

    • Kevin S. says:

      +Shill Stompers You sound like a flat earther

    • Alan Golden says:

      +Shill Stompers Any image taken by a camera is technically a Computer Generated Image as well. An image from a camera is generated with the light from an object. The black hole was generated from data, which was light. You are technically correct, but it is not disappointing. It is a picture that was made just like any other picture, just with more information.

      What you stated isn’t something to be disappointed in. It was made just like any other picture. It becomes even more impressive when you realize that they did it with a similar process.

    • Weird cat says:

      Shill Stompers you are the reason humanity is held back

    • CosmoMask says:

      +Shill Stompers “sheeple” oh god

  6. The Wise Old Man says:

    For people whose complaining about the quality of the image early on this day, do you realize how far that thing is?!

  7. Pi Pi says:

    It’s sad how Stephen Hawking wasn’t able to see this.

  8. Black Box VR Lab says:

    Within the last 5 years humans have discovered gravitational waves and captured the first picture of a black hole… I can only imagine what the next *50 years* holds

  9. solar legend says:

    let’s be happy that everyone living this day we will be in history!!!

  10. Chris Williams says:

    It’s glorious to know I lived to see the first image of the universe’s greatest mystery.

  11. Brxntreo says:

    2019: we saw the first picture of a black hole

    Also 2019: anti vaxxers

  12. Saisravan Satturu says:

    Einstein proved to be right now after 98 years

  13. Goku hub says:

    This should remind people that there are still some extrodinary things out there to explore, other than our human made stuff and just caring about ourself. Just sayin…

  14. Subscribe to Pewdiepie says:

    Humans: we finally found you black hole!
    Black hole: dang it you found me after 5 billion years! On the positive side, that’s a new record

    1 like = 1 prayer for Steven Hawkin who unfortunately couldn’t see this

  15. Jemima Janvier says:

    Patiently waits for the discovery of aliens.

  16. Bongo Boy says:

    “Whoops guys, accidentally deleted it”

  17. Stay Toasty says:

    “Oops, I forgot to take off the lens cap!”

  18. Kfor Ky says:

    “Too small, Too far away, or both”

    that’s good.

  19. Kalana Herath says:

    Vox: _”We had their fingerprints, just not their mugshots_ ”

    And the Crime they committed was breaking the laws of physics!

  20. Airsh Bornely says:

    Truely an image that’ll be in school books in the next couple of years and will be a quiz of what date it was revealed. April 10th, 2019

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