Scientists Painted This Object With The Planet’s Blackest Material, And It’s Freaking People Out

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To be precise, this new black is called Vantablack S-VIS. Its even blacker predecessor is simply called Vantablack. When it was first revealed in 2014, this new color absorbed 99.96 percent of light. And that’s all light – infrared, ultraviolet and visible. What’s more, the team at Surrey Nanosytems has managed to go one step further since then.

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In fact, the latest version of Vantablack absorbs so much light that even the most advanced spectrometer can’t detect anything reflecting back from it. By comparison, Vantablack S-VIS can “only” absorb 99.8 percent of the light that’s shone on it. But it has some other properties that make it far more useful.

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So how does Vantablack work? Well, it’s a clever combination of elements designed to trap light. But if you’re thinking it’s a standard paint or piece of material, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Vantablack actually utilizes tiny structures to achieve its black hole-style goal.

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