Vantablack: The Darkest Material Ever Made

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Comments: 4 868

  • Gav Art
    Gav Art 16 hours ago

    3:33 that'd be cool

  • fog
    fog 22 hours ago

    for those out there like me that really want to get a hold of this stuff, or something similar, Google search "Blackest black Paint" and you should see some results saying something like "paint on black projection surface" it's made for canceling light on the edges of projectors and that kinda thing.
    its pretty spendy paint and is not as black as vanta black but it's as close as your going to be able to get without a science and chemistry background and a lab to make it yourself or thousands of dollars and some connections.

  • Michael Howell
    Michael Howell 1 day ago

    Pictures Michael Aranda in a little black dress...

  • Haborym
    Haborym 1 day ago

    i thought black holes radiated a slight glow

  • IMcRoni
    IMcRoni 1 day ago

    imagine a vantabalck fidget spinner

  • Jack Müller
    Jack Müller 2 days ago

    the military applications would be interesting...

  • shexdensmore
    shexdensmore 3 days ago

    I'm calling bs on this, if this is a true substance, it would be used on stealth craft.

  • Poppy Is Our Lord
    Poppy Is Our Lord 3 days ago

    Emos: *heavily breathing*

  • *John Smith*
    *John Smith* 4 days ago

    I want a hoodie

  • TheCosmicCharizard
    TheCosmicCharizard 4 days ago

    I think I can see my reflection.

  • YouTubertz
    YouTubertz 5 days ago

    so this could make anyone like an actual ninja
    walking around at night you would literally be invisible

  • MuzZz Rzack
    MuzZz Rzack 6 days ago

    Ventablack. Not actually a preferable colour if you're a black man walking in the streets behind a woman and passing by a police man. I'm just saying... A lot of things happen in the neighborhood

  • MassDynamic
    MassDynamic 6 days ago


  • Fabiafidus
    Fabiafidus 6 days ago

    "whos that pokemon?!" just became a cosplay.

  • SuprA 44
    SuprA 44 8 days ago

    Soo... it'd be one fucking expensive t shirt then?

  • LeeLicious
    LeeLicious 8 days ago

    I thought Charlie Murphy was the darkest thing in the universe.

    RIP brother darkness

  • aha
    aha 8 days ago

    My future?

  • Abdul Rahman Dhillon

    i can see this being used to warm green houses

  • Jonah Broberg
    Jonah Broberg 9 days ago

    Emos: *heavy breathing*

  • Amy Smith
    Amy Smith 9 days ago

    Can you actually buy this? I would love to spray paint my piggy bank with Vantablack... the metaphor would just be perfect.

  • Milliani Windsor
    Milliani Windsor 10 days ago

    16 year old me is really excited about this :D

  • theuglyhat
    theuglyhat 10 days ago

    Vantablack ninjas anyone?

  • Fvge :'c
    Fvge :'c 11 days ago

    i want a fucking suit of vanta black

  • Rahul Sabikhi
    Rahul Sabikhi 12 days ago

    BATMAN *Slow Breathing*

  • Jordan Burkhardt
    Jordan Burkhardt 12 days ago

    dust is going to be so easy to see on vanta black.

  • coc0s
    coc0s 12 days ago

    Always bet on black.

  • id104335409
    id104335409 13 days ago

    These are exciting times to be a ninja.

  • Megacraft 78
    Megacraft 78 13 days ago

    imaging making a huge maze with this color, you wouldn`t see the walls so it would be EXTREMLY complicated

  • Megacraft 78
    Megacraft 78 13 days ago


  • Darth Sidious, Sheev Palpatine

    I am ordering new robes in vantablack 2

  • Safet Hamzagic
    Safet Hamzagic 15 days ago

    thata cool

  • Genji Gojira
    Genji Gojira 15 days ago

    imagine ninjas or the military using this

  • Samuel Haidar
    Samuel Haidar 15 days ago

    when you leave your house in your new vantablack Levi's and all the floating pet hair on your legs freaks you out

  • daenue
    daenue 16 days ago


  • Ainsley Harriott
    Ainsley Harriott 16 days ago

    My soul is darker.

  • luan trieu
    luan trieu 16 days ago

    hello new ninja suit

  • xxyasx xxyasx
    xxyasx xxyasx 18 days ago

    who came here because he saw a comment in the glitchtale theme song vantablack XD me

  • Comoloid
    Comoloid 18 days ago

    This could be a good heat source for a peltier thermoelectric generator on a near earth satellite if it proves to be space worthy. I hope it works out!

  • I'm a Giraffe
    I'm a Giraffe 18 days ago

    Wtf was that 16 year old thing supposed to mean???

  • Navarroo
    Navarroo 18 days ago

    where can I buy this?

  • Vaibhav Shinde
    Vaibhav Shinde 18 days ago

    and my black pant would still lose its color

  • Ranjan Gowda
    Ranjan Gowda 18 days ago

    Man I hate those things making bikinis go 2d then no more big bangs.

  • jimbee088
    jimbee088 18 days ago

    This could make spaceships virtually invisible. Except it would be incredibly obvious to see when you observe it from space towards​ a planet.

  • Sten van Maanen
    Sten van Maanen 18 days ago

    I want that on my future car lol

  • Dalton Chew
    Dalton Chew 20 days ago

    It looks like you edited the video with photo shop.

  • Jacob
    Jacob 20 days ago

    I read this as Dankest material

  • TerminusTypeS
    TerminusTypeS 20 days ago

    Why did they sell the exclusive rights of this material to some random sculptor? They could have made much more money supplying it to a larger audience.

    Fuck that guy too. How greedy can you be?

  • When you read my long name, I stole your sandwich

    If they can't measure how dark Vantablack 2.0 is, how do they know that black holes are the darkest thing possible? They actually don't know does black holes absorb all the light. What if there is something what really absorbs all the light so its invisible?

  • Etienne 777
    Etienne 777 21 day ago

    Black holes do not exist. View Stephen Crothers.

  • George Loucadellis
    George Loucadellis 21 day ago

    Try making clothing out of this and then going into a sauna. RIP

  • Mario leon
    Mario leon 21 day ago

    Psh 30 year old me is pretty excited about this

  • Backyardmech1
    Backyardmech1 21 day ago

    Imagine getting your car coated in the Vantablack 2.

  • Kevin Alvarez
    Kevin Alvarez 21 day ago

    yo imagine a vanta black Audi with some vanta black rims 😱 icy

  • Douglas Fulmer
    Douglas Fulmer 22 days ago

    Fucking tits that is scary.

  • Churchill
    Churchill 22 days ago

    Bah! They just ripped off Planck's blackbody.

  • ExoTitan300
    ExoTitan300 22 days ago

    So you can make people look skinny when there fat

  • Maple Tree
    Maple Tree 22 days ago

    Watch out banks

  • Graeme Hall
    Graeme Hall 22 days ago

    1:12 This headgear is not yet unlocked.

  • Dino Flash
    Dino Flash 22 days ago

    Vantablack make everything look like a clip art silhouette

  • Kenny Phebus
    Kenny Phebus 22 days ago

    if this becomes a clothing, I don't care if it becomes something everybody wears I will buy it in a heartbeat

  • Meagan Hodgson
    Meagan Hodgson 23 days ago

    I'm wondering how pale(I'm already pretty porcelain colored) I'd look if I had the material next to my skin or if I'd even show up at all

  • ewen h
    ewen h 24 days ago

    i would like to paint my truck or car with this

  • Factfur Gaming
    Factfur Gaming 24 days ago

    so vantablack is warm

  • MooseTheSyrupMan
    MooseTheSyrupMan 24 days ago

    I'll just paint a globe black! Muahahahahah now I can prove that Earth is flat!

  • Thatpoorkidofficial
    Thatpoorkidofficial 24 days ago

    what would happen if you covered your whole body except your eyes?

  • Kostas Sterling
    Kostas Sterling 24 days ago

    This would be cool to coat a warehouse in this stuff, put the extreme sound proofing in it to make it completely silent, and simulate being not only blind, but deaf. Very cool but freaky thing to experience.

  • farterization
    farterization 24 days ago

    Di- uh- did scishow just make a boner joke?

  • William Babcock
    William Babcock 24 days ago

    im no scientist, but can it block gamma rays as well? because that could make space travel much easier.

  • Raiguard
    Raiguard 25 days ago

    Find a way to make vantablack only work in one direction, then bind it to a piece of glass, and voila, you can see your phone in direct sunlight on minimum brightness. Plus you wouldn't be able to see any finger smudges or scratches.

  • The Meme Master of Cancertopia

    Make a mask out of this so it looks like I have a black hole mouth

  • MLG Frisk
    MLG Frisk 25 days ago

    I want clothes made of vantablack

  • Ash Jäger
    Ash Jäger 25 days ago

    for some reason I read it like: The dankest material

  • Harley .G
    Harley .G 25 days ago

    prank goes wrong!! painting my parents room with vantablack!!

  • Alison11 11Groen
    Alison11 11Groen 25 days ago


  • Bruno Vazquez
    Bruno Vazquez 25 days ago

    16 year old you is a drag queen? Lol

  • Duck Mx scrooge
    Duck Mx scrooge 25 days ago

    I want some vantablack!!!!! :( why are all cool things sciencey????

  • Tyler Riggs
    Tyler Riggs 26 days ago

    @Anish Kapoor: #sharetheblack!!!

  • Robert Snider
    Robert Snider 26 days ago

    I love all the stuff they're doing with CNTS, except whoever thought it was a good idea to try to make self replicating ones is crazy. Yes it had tremendous upsides, but that's also how we arrive at headlines reading "75% OF LIFE ON EARTH IS NOW EXTINCT"...they better focus on the safeguards lol

  • iMergeAndSee
    iMergeAndSee 26 days ago

    you know somethings should not be so simple as buying the rights like this prick of a sculptor that bought the rights to use VANTA artistically.

  • Nikola Tesla
    Nikola Tesla 26 days ago

    I want clothes made from this stuff, It's metal af

  • Taikamuna
    Taikamuna 27 days ago

    I want a vantablack phone case

  • sean babbitt
    sean babbitt 27 days ago

    finally a good curtain to keep light from my game room

  • Hammer Smash
    Hammer Smash 27 days ago

    Make a maze of mirrors execpt its vanta black

  • Ana Amaro
    Ana Amaro 27 days ago

    I want to be spaghettied to death

  • Zaher Rox
    Zaher Rox 28 days ago

    comparatively less darker than my soul

  • DieSuppe
    DieSuppe 29 days ago

    Vantablack-Shirts.... OH HELL YEAH

  • Preixy
    Preixy 29 days ago

    If I were to be in the make a wish foundation, I'd want a vantablack shirt, hat, or anything that goes on your body, or just anything

  • Prazed Platoon
    Prazed Platoon 29 days ago

    I can literally crop ppl out of my life now. sweet.

  • SoundDrout Brother
    SoundDrout Brother 1 month ago

    What about absorbs 0% light?
    Vantalight confirmed?

  • Jirred Vang
    Jirred Vang 1 month ago

    hmmm so I can look like a 2d game character? nice

  • Blazing Fox
    Blazing Fox 1 month ago

    Black holes are invisible

  • The Banana Melon
    The Banana Melon 1 month ago

    I'm gonna walk the streets at night dressed as Peter Pan and have someone dressed in this mess with people's minds making them think he's my shadow.

  • Laurence Liu
    Laurence Liu 1 month ago

    guess that vanta black could be used in espionage

  • cage freeEthin46
    cage freeEthin46 1 month ago

    this the best color for hoodie

  • Trioptic Blaze
    Trioptic Blaze 1 month ago

    Bantablack: The Dankest M8terial Ever Made

  • James Frank
    James Frank 1 month ago

    I wanna see someone paint a car that color

  • David Davidson
    David Davidson 1 month ago

    I wonder what Vantablackface would be like...

  • roguedogx
    roguedogx 1 month ago

    I'm curious to know if this would make life at research stations at the polls any easier. the snow does nothing but reflect light, and this does nothing but absorb it. so I bet finding a few degrees is possible, which could help keep equipment from freezing.

  • Mighty fine looking Chicken

    I guess you can use vantablack as a camouflage in space

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