Vantablack Is So Dark, You Can't See It

Vantablack Is So Dark, You Can't See It

The blackest material ever made is literally unseeable by human eyes. In fact, it's so dark, it has been described as being like "looking into a black hole." Because Vantablack absorbs more than 99.9% of visible light, there is virtually no light to send signals to your eyes. This material was made by the company Surrey NanoSystems in order to help calibrate space cameras and telescopes.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    When you "see" something, the photons not absorbed by the object bounce off the object and hit your eyes. (0:05)

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    Vantablack is the blackest material ever built; it absorbs more than 99.9% of visible light. (0:26)

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    Covering something in Vantablack would automatically give it the illusion that it is two-dimensional. (0:54)

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