Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • 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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  • Vox  (Apr 12, 2019))

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  • cairo  (5 days ago))

    Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)

  • Èlia Gàmiz  (6 days ago))

    +Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

  • draq huffle  (Apr 11, 2019))

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

  • J  (3 days ago))

    +Tektow *there's no internet connection in the afterlife*

  • ct92404  (5 days ago))

    +Stabgan oh STFU. If you want to be a neckbeard atheist who thinks everything came from primordial slime and life has no meaning, that's your problem.

  • Nate Alva  (Apr 15, 2019))

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

  • HuRLZ69  (2 days ago))

    +ActuallyFabio i also can't wait to see you pick the wrong religion and get sent to hell for it as well...

  • Oh Yeah Yeah  (2 days ago))

    +Silent Human Even I'm religious but no one deserves to die. Just saying he deserved hell is horribly wrong.

  • Bcaused  (Apr 15, 2019))

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

  • Rajdeep Rajwar  (Apr 15, 2019))

    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

  • Rajdeep Rajwar adroid phone

  • CRAIG ARMY  (6 days ago))

    +Khakim Hidayat i dont know if a telescope the size of earth would matter for latency.i think it would matter more for quality.can you send me the link of the talk because i cant find it?

  • D -BUNK  (Apr 15, 2019))

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

  • Thomas Jefferson  (2 days ago))

    Black holes DO NOT EXIST,nasa are the biggest liars in america everything they show you is fake,THEY have no clue their about to die along with 90% of america,LISTEN TO GODS PROPHETS if you want to hear the truth,OR ask him your self,hes listening....

  • FFL  (6 days ago))

    +Alexander Zhivkov i'm talking about the people who are actually serious about it. Obviously there's people who are just joking and know why

  • Very Nice  (Apr 11, 2019))

    Light: just chillinBlack hole: no

  • Urvashi Bhogal  (5 days ago))

    You called me?

  • I was made in hell  (Apr 12, 2019))

    Very Nice 😭😭😭

  • SamuelVlogsOfficial  (Apr 13, 2019))

    So after watching all this.... I still *understand NOTHING* 😅😅

  • shizukagozen777  (3 days ago))

    +Daniel **HUGE FACEPALM**

  • Elisa Shay  (3 days ago))

    Daniel cool but blackholes are scary we can never get out of it and before you can get into it youre gonna die bc of how much its gonna stretch your body

  • The Maverick!  (Apr 13, 2019))

    That black hole is a paid actor.

  • K. Khurana  (3 days ago))

    You made my day

  • Sameeha zaman  (4 days ago))

    I was very disapointed. All the good actors were taken.

  • Goofy_Goober  (Apr 13, 2019))

    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)

  • ct92404  (5 days ago))

    People used to get really excited about scientific discoveries like this...then the dumbass, air-headed Millennials came along

  • c.sagan  (6 days ago))

    Sad