The Black Hole Bomb and Black Hole Civilizations

  • Published: 22 April 2018
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    • sam
      sam  2 weeks back


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    • F Symons
      F Symons  2 weeks back

      Is it possible that the ringularity spins infinitely fast?

    • ANGEL
      ANGEL  3 weeks back

      Why dont we just tie our selves to the blackhole and pull ourselves out

    • Boguslaw Goluch
      Boguslaw Goluch  3 weeks back

      I would get everything but I don't have enough money

  • Deus Domus
    Deus Domus  4 hours back

    The Humanity is enough greedy for imagine how use for our economics the energy of a black holes.

    • vishnu vardhan
      vishnu vardhan  4 hours back

      If light, also an electro magnetic radiation cannot escape then how will the black hole bomb works

      • Thegamingboy 55
        Thegamingboy 55  15 hours back

        I like that Starcraft reference at the start of the video

        • Christian B
          Christian B  20 hours back

          How long does it take to make one of these videos for you?

          • Arun Acharya
            Arun Acharya  22 hours back

            one day

            these videos would become tutorials

            • Ice Wing
              Ice Wing  22 hours back

              true. i mean, half of them are already set up like tutorials, soo...

          • Scrollreader
            Scrollreader  23 hours back

            Oh my god. Guys. Guys. There's a Starcraft reference in this.

            • Cognitive Synapse
              Cognitive Synapse  1 days back

              Stealing energy could be much simpler than that.
              In fact, we can do it right now by shooting a beam of laser at the black hole in the center of milky way. At a certain angle, the returning beam will contain more energy. Now, since light speed cannot be exceeded, the returning beam will have higher energy and is therefore blue-shifted.

              There you go. Free energy :)

              • Madoc _
                Madoc _  1 days back

                Many years ago as a teenager I smoked something called 'salvia detrinoriam'
                this is what I imagine falling into a Blackhole would feel like.
                Worst experience of my life!

                • Daehee Kim
                  Daehee Kim  1 days back

                  No one catches Show me the Energy joke...

                  • Enoch Sit
                    Enoch Sit  2 days back

                    ... even without any light, there are places we can go ...
                    a lyrics from "BLACK HOLES"

                    • BeGenius
                      BeGenius  2 days back

                      watching this high

                      • Mark Gamer Wizard
                        Mark Gamer Wizard  2 days back

                        One thing is that they emit radioation and you know im a nerd by my profile pic

                        • no way
                          no way  3 days back

                          Trowing a grenade!

                          • 506independent ANIMATION

                            V-sauce: I'm not gonna file a copyright claim, or am i?
                            4:20 that is not the law of equivalent exchange
                            5:20 isn't this scene a modernised version of a Russian tv show not unlike Tom and Jerry, except Tom is kinder and Jerry is a lot more sadistic? Essentially a rip off of a rip off.
                            Edit: added 4:20 that...
                            Edit 2: added 5:20-off

                            • Davey Catoe
                              Davey Catoe  3 days back


                              Black Hole: Ayy gurl, that's some nice mass you got there. *SUCC*

                              • Davey Catoe
                                Davey Catoe  3 days back

                                Also, PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who understands the two cameos at 5:19

                            • Amlanjyoti Saikia
                              Amlanjyoti Saikia  4 days back

                              What stops the mirror from melting down?

                              • muhamnmet ozun
                                muhamnmet ozun  4 days back

                                Poor birth

                                • WetFluid
                                  WetFluid  4 days back

                                  and what if you somehow manage to slow or sttop the spinning of the black hole?

                                  • Albert Trita
                                    Albert Trita  4 days back

                                    Hey, kurzgesegtazgst! Could we theoretically turn Io into a giant dynamo?

                                    • kreativeblocks
                                      kreativeblocks  5 days back

                                      play kreativeblocks help us reach 100 visits

                                      • Alexandru Muntianu
                                        Alexandru Muntianu  5 days back

                                        Kurzgesagt: Black holes are spinning
                                        Black hole: *YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND BABY RIGHT ROUND*

                                        • Gabriel Oliveira
                                          Gabriel Oliveira  5 days back

                                          7:02 "Do it for her." Homer.. 😢😊 Nice Easter Egg.

                                          • Justin Henley
                                            Justin Henley  5 days back

                                            "Black Hole Bomb" Dude, Mega Man 9 did it already.

                                            But that Pinky & the Brain reference though.

                                            • Greek Gamer
                                              Greek Gamer  5 days back

                                              can you give me a bird

                                              • Starving CHILDREN
                                                Starving CHILDREN  5 days back

                                                Why the fuck do I feel bad for the black hole?

                                                • Eira Yu
                                                  Eira Yu  5 days back

                                                  Of course it’s not Kurzgesagt if it doesn’t end on an existential crisis inducing note.

                                                  • Perpendicular Driving
                                                    Perpendicular Driving  5 days back

                                                    4:20 How to rip off a black hole?
                                                    Black hole: Hey, you thief! @#$!*&% Get back here and give me my energy back or I'll spaghettify you!

                                                    • Golden Kangaroo Gaming

                                                      does this theoretically mean we could slingshot rockets to light speeds or extremely fast speeds that are not possible with conventional rockets to reach far away planets in our galaxy or even leave our galaxy by harnessing a spinning black hole?

                                                      • Fr0zenNightmare
                                                        Fr0zenNightmare  6 days back

                                                        Show the plans for the Black Hole Bomb to America. Pretty sure we gonna get unlimited power soon (or destroy humanity forever)

                                                        • JF- Mazzeratti
                                                          JF- Mazzeratti  6 days back

                                                          This video if fucking awesome

                                                          • Z Phish
                                                            Z Phish  6 days back

                                                            So the galactic civilization is likely concentrated towards the center. We're in the back woods of the galaxy.

                                                            • Darth Didact2432309
                                                              Darth Didact2432309  6 days back

                                                              So you're saying we should build a dyson sphere made of mirrors around a black hole with a halo ring orbiting it, and implode it up to stop a godlike parasitic species from consuming every living organism in the universe?

                                                              • Acksyzte
                                                                Acksyzte  6 days back

                                                                Wtf just happended i didnt understand a thing

                                                                • KittyKat Onthemat
                                                                  KittyKat Onthemat  7 days back

                                                                  well you wouldnt have enough time to fire a rocket into a black hole because the closer you get to one the more your time slows down

                                                                  • Timothy Schellin
                                                                    Timothy Schellin  6 days back

                                                                    wouldn't that give you more time to fire a rocket?

                                                                • Neo
                                                                  Neo  7 days back

                                                                  So you mean that the life before this universe accidentally make a blackhole- bomb that lead to the big bang that we know, which lead to the life that know today. And now we are planning to do the same thing. Well good luck

                                                                  • GALAXY STARS
                                                                    GALAXY STARS  7 days back

                                                                    what about the people living in the black hole

                                                                    • Loxodon Locuturus
                                                                      Loxodon Locuturus  7 days back

                                                                      Would love to see humanity try to construct a huge black hole bomb. It would be great if aliens came to spank our ass for being so reckless too.

                                                                      • HDSpuerstar
                                                                        HDSpuerstar  1 weeks back

                                                                        This just calmed my thanatophobia, chronophobia and existential dread all in once.

                                                                        • Gabriel alves
                                                                          Gabriel alves  1 weeks back

                                                                          I now suddenly want a space war where humanity fight some aliens in Planet to Planet battle where in the end we Black Hole Nuke them 2 times

                                                                          • Elliot Tian
                                                                            Elliot Tian  1 weeks back

                                                                            WhAt If We DeToNaTeD aLl ThE nUkEs On EaRtH
                                                                            Kurzgesagt: watch this video then.

                                                                            • Knife Player
                                                                              Knife Player  1 weeks back

                                                                              Somebody played too much Stellaris

                                                                              • Brandon E. Smith
                                                                                Brandon E. Smith  1 weeks back

                                                                                Wouldn't the black hole's "gravity" contain the supernova explosion? What's even more interesting is that black holes can still have "mass."

                                                                                • Zyfur
                                                                                  Zyfur  1 weeks back

                                                                                  What if the black hole bomb is the great filter

                                                                                  • Mr. Spaghetti
                                                                                    Mr. Spaghetti  1 weeks back

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                                                                                      Sourabh Mahale  1 weeks back

                                                                                      I love watching your videos, but how you made this beautiful animation, make a video on this, please !!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                        NEME. EXE  1 weeks back

                                                                                        We do not need the Starkiller Base......
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                                                                                        • Screw The Net
                                                                                          Screw The Net  1 weeks back

                                                                                          YEs, gravity is powerful, but doing that anywhere near a blackhole is friggin dumb. VETOED! *STAMPS *