A mind-blowing video on the scale of black holes makes the M87 Black Hole Pic even wilder



This week we took the very first direct image of the event horizon of a black hole.

It was a huge event, which changed the science, which did not disappoint, the picture confirming Einstein's theory of relativity.

And it's even more crazy when you put into perspective the very size of the black hole M87.

If that is not enough for you, this video of YouTuber morn1415 could do the trick.

The video above about the size of the black holes starts a bit too dramatic, but when it comes to visual comparisons, to the sacred shit, to our poor little brain. We were so prepared.

The first thing to know is that any matter can become a black hole if it is crushed beyond its Schwarzchild radius.

For our Sun, this means that it should be reduced to the size of a small city to become a black hole.

And the Earth should be reduced to the size of a peanut.

It's pretty amazing to think. But then consider how massive the other black holes we know are massive, like the XTE J1650-500, which is about the size of Manhattan, but contains the mass of three or four of our suns.

There are even more medium-sized black holes, like the M82 X-1, crushed at the size of Mars and containing a mass of 1,000 Suns.

And we have not even started the supermassive black holes, which are at the center of almost every gigantic galaxy we know.

One of these black holes in the center of the Phoenix galaxy has a mass of 20 billion suns.

To give you an idea, the supermassive black hole M87 we imagined represents about 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. So it's not as massive as this Phoenix black hole, but it's still as huge as it's mapped.

Even if you think you know, you do not know it. Trust us.

This article has been updated from an article published for the first time in November 2016.


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