A Picture of the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole

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 - czstate.com/v/jJ2np4CK19WDmcw/video.html
Animations and simulations with English text:
L. R. Weih & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Video of stars going around Sgr A* from European Southern Observatory
Video zooming into the center of our galaxy from European Southern Observatory
Video of observation of M87 courtesy of:
C. M. Fromm, Y. Mizuno & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Video of observation of SgrA* courtesy of
C. M. Fromm, Y. Mizuno & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Z. Younsi (University College London)
Video of telescopes in the array 2017:
C. M. Fromm & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Animations and simulations (no text):
L. R. Weih & L. Rezzolla (Goethe University Frankfurt)
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
Written by Derek Muller
Animation by Ivy Tello, Mike Radjabov, Maria Raykova
Filmed by Petr Lebedev

Komentáře: 9 159 

  1. Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    Před dnem

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

  2. Helmut and Moshe

    Helmut and Moshe

    Před 22 hodinami

    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.

  3. Lonely Sandwich

    Lonely Sandwich

    Před 22 hodinami

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

  4. Suchithra S

    Suchithra S

    Před 20 hodinami

    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.

  5. Yecto


    Před 22 hodinami

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

  6. Mike Delgrande

    Mike Delgrande

    Před 15 hodinami

    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.

  7. Advesh Darvekar

    Advesh Darvekar

    Před dnem

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

  8. TC


    Před 12 hodinami

    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.

  9. Nat Levasseur

    Nat Levasseur

    Před 15 hodinami

    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.

  10. E


    Před 17 hodinami


  11. seeni gzty

    seeni gzty

    Před 12 hodinami

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

  12. misolou fout

    misolou fout

    Před 15 hodinami

    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!

  13. hecker


    Před dnem

    More space please. This was absolutely amazing. Thanks.

  14. L B

    L B

    Před 17 hodinami

    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!

  15. Naresh Cherukuri

    Naresh Cherukuri

    Před 22 hodinami

    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.

  16. Fadi Afa Al-Refaee

    Fadi Afa Al-Refaee

    Před 17 hodinami

    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!

  17. Peter Yianilos

    Peter Yianilos

    Před 20 hodinami

    That we have managed to aggregate instruments across the earth’s surface to achieve once impossible resolution is a real triumph for science, made possible by the use of GPS timing and location cues embedded in computer algorithms processing results gathered around the globe. Despite my understanding it, it’s a stunning accomplishment.



    Před 15 hodinami

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

  19. Achintya SG

    Achintya SG

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  20. Parth Srinivasan

    Parth Srinivasan

    Před 20 hodinami

    I‘ve pretty much replaced Netflix with Veritasium. I mean, there are other great and very interesting channels in CZstate as well, but this one just takes the prize! Thanks Derek!