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A Picture of the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole

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  • Опубліковано 11 тра 2022
  • This is an image of the supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
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    Image of Sgr A* from EHT collaboration
    Event Horizon Telescope collaboration: ve42.co/EHT
    Animations from The Relativistic Astrophysics group, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Massive thanks to Prof. Luciano Rezzolla, Dr Christian Fromm and Dr Alejandro Cruz-Osorio.
    A huge thanks to Prof. Peter Tuthill and Dr Manisha Caleb for feedback on earlier versions of this video and helping explain VLBI.
    Great video by Thatcher Chamberlin about VLBI here - uaclips.com/video/Y8rAHTvpJbk/відео.html
    Animations and simulations with English text:
    L. R. Weih & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
    uaclips.com/video/jvftAadCFRI/відео.html
    Video of stars going around Sgr A* from European Southern Observatory
    www.eso.org/public/videos/eso...
    Video zooming into the center of our galaxy from European Southern Observatory
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXAU0...
    Video of observation of M87 courtesy of:
    C. M. Fromm, Y. Mizuno & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
    uaclips.com/video/meOKmzhTcIY/відео.html
    Video of observation of SgrA* courtesy of
    C. M. Fromm, Y. Mizuno & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
    Z. Younsi (University College London)
    uaclips.com/video/VnsZj9RvhFU/відео.html
    Video of telescopes in the array 2017:
    C. M. Fromm & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
    uaclips.com/video/Ame7fzBuFnk/відео.html
    Animations and simulations (no text):
    L. R. Weih & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
    uaclips.com/video/XmvpKFSvB7A/відео.html
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    Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Inconcision, Kelly Snook, TTST, Ross McCawley, Balkrishna Heroor, Chris LaClair, Avi Yashchin, John H. Austin, Jr., OnlineBookClub.org, Dmitry Kuzmichev, Matthew Gonzalez, Eric Sexton, john kiehl, Anton Ragin, Diffbot, Micah Mangione, MJP, Gnare, Dave Kircher, Burt Humburg, Blake Byers, Dumky, Evgeny Skvortsov, Meekay, Bill Linder, Paul Peijzel, Josh Hibschman, Mac Malkawi, Michael Schneider, jim buckmaster, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Stephen Wilcox, Marinus Kuivenhoven, Clayton Greenwell, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal
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    Written by Derek Muller
    Animation by Ivy Tello, Mike Radjabov, Maria Raykova
    Filmed by Petr Lebedev

КОМЕНТАРІ • 9 043

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache
    Just Some Guy without a Mustache 18 годин тому +10

    Absolutely jaw dropping how inconceivably huge these supermassive black holes are. I always love it when Veritasium delves into the topic of space.

  • Lonely Sandwich
    Lonely Sandwich 13 годин тому +567

    The way you describe the 'Earth sized" telescope at 10 minutes was so perfect.

  • Suchithra S
    Suchithra S 13 годин тому +346

    The world needs teachers like him! Watched many videos about Sgr A* imaging and none of them explained it as clearly and simple as he did! I am marking this video as my black hole reference.

  • Helmut and Moshe
    Helmut and Moshe 13 годин тому +228

    It's important to mention that the "movie" of the stars orbiting our central black hole is time-lapse footage spanning nearly 20 years. I showed this to someone unfamiliar with astronomy and physics and the first thing they said is "the stars move that fast?!" - thinking that it was somehow real time footage.

  • ARYA MAITRA
    ARYA MAITRA 6 годин тому +4

    Sweetly explained! Really insightful and something that I inadvertently committed to memory, without even trying too hard.

  • Fadi Afa Al-Refaee
    Fadi Afa Al-Refaee 8 годин тому +9

    Hello Derek, I applaud as excitedly as I can what you do; thrilled my pre-teen children look forward to each of your videos and deeply satisfied and comforted when they walk away fascinated and excited how they learned a fundamental and complex concept that might have otherwise been too difficult to grasp. I feel less disappointed as a father bent on staying in "scientist" mode that you and the videos you deliver exist! You have my eternal gratitude and my undying support!

  • Advesh Darvekar
    Advesh Darvekar 18 годин тому +3

    This is hands down the best explanation of a black hole I've ever heard.

  • E
    E 8 годин тому +6

    Goosebumps!

  • Nat Levasseur
    Nat Levasseur 6 годин тому +3

    Thank you for explaining how the image was obtained. I love learning about the science and techniques used to arrive at a discovery, or in this case, in getting an image of something so incredibly far away.

  • Mike Delgrande
    Mike Delgrande 6 годин тому +2

    Man, thank you for making these videos. I’ve been obsessed with astronomy and Astro physics my entire life but you somehow have a way of explaining things that helps me to understand better than ever. I’ve thought about that image of a black hole from interstellar for years now trying to figure out why it looked the way it did. I knew it had a lot to do with the mass and warping of space time but this video is so informative. Thanks again for the great content.

  • TC
    TC 15 годин тому +1

    Idk, there’s something hunting and beautiful about the finality of the theoretical existence of an object as mind bending as a black hole; let alone a supermassive black hole in our own backyard. It’s as awesome as it is frightening.

  • L B
    L B 11 годин тому +52

    This was so rewarding to watch and fascinating to learn how far we’ve come in proving black holes exist. In my college astronomy texts from just two decades ago it was all still considered just theoretical. Thanks Veritasium!

  • hecker
    hecker 16 годин тому +1

    More space please. This was absolutely amazing. Thanks.

  • Yecto
    Yecto 13 годин тому +95

    This guy needs some kind of highest award for teaching humanity in such a easier way for us to understand

  • Sauron's Right hand man
    Sauron's Right hand man 8 годин тому +1

    I tried to explain to someone why the picture of Saggitarius A* was so impressive, by describing it as taking a picture of a rabbit in the middle of a jungle, using an out-of-focus camera while standing a hundred miles away. But I think your analogy of a donut on the moon gets the point across better.

  • Juan José Pérez Caridad
    Juan José Pérez Caridad 8 годин тому +1

    This is the most understandable explanation I have seen of the operation of a radio interferometer. The graphics are very clear and awesome. Thank you so much!

  • seeni gzty
    seeni gzty День тому +1

    As always, truly quality work! Thank you for all the hard work you put into these videos! Feels like a professional documentary every time

  • misolou fout
    misolou fout 6 годин тому +1

    The fact that I could understand everything you said, speaks volumes about your ability to teach. Thank you for making me feel smarter than I actually am!

  • Achintya SG
    Achintya SG 18 годин тому +626

    10:31

  • Naresh Cherukuri
    Naresh Cherukuri 13 годин тому +47

    Your dedication and interest to make us understand the concepts are extremely adorable. This is the best explanation I have ever seen on the internet.