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How scientists colorize photos of space

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Yes, that’s a black and white photo. Become a Video Lab member! The Hubble Space Telescope only takes photos in black and white. To make those beautiful space photos you’ve probably seen, scientists add the color later using a technique first developed around the turn of the 20th century that imitates how our eyes naturally perceive color. If you want to explore more Hubble photos, a lot of information came from this site: And be sure to check out Kimberly Arcand and Travis Rector's book, "Coloring the Universe:" is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out Watch our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Facebook: Or Twitter: Watch our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Facebook: Or Twitter:
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ジョーさん (5 days ago)
Every human ever: "Great. Now let's add another level of complexity!"
sptronix91 (19 days ago)
Beautifully explained video. Kudos ! :)
TheWalkingBritt (21 days ago)
So..outer space is black & white just like the 1940s.
big papa (21 days ago)
I freaking love space images
Notchormama (23 days ago)
About as fascinating as Fiddlesticks . Same energy .
Arjuna Ravikumar (27 days ago)
That was incredibly well explained. Thank you!
Rahim LaQuica (28 days ago)
5:27 YES, it is made up lol.
B R (29 days ago)
Thank you, I have so often wondered about this after seeing some of these photos, like the pillars of creation
Woo sah (29 days ago)
The universe is a beautiful place you don't need color to see that🙂
The Other Side (29 days ago)
*If we are going to believe that this colorization is 100% accurate, then let them recreate that Russian scientist experiment. They should take a picture of someone in black and white and also in color. Then give the black and white version to a color expert who has NOT seen the original color photo. If the person can recreate exactly the original color based on this technique, then we will know that these space photo colorization technique gives the right result.*
The Other Side (28 days ago)
@Rahim LaQuica *I doubt. Never seen a report like that.*
Rahim LaQuica (28 days ago)
They’ve never done that??
OtakBolong (30 days ago)
still don't get it, so Hubble captured THREE b/w images in each channel? (Red, Blue, and Green?)
Logan Ken (30 days ago)
Ondan sonra Photoshop deyince kızıyolar😁👊
HiveMind2000 (1 month ago)
Vox is pure cancer but this video wasn’t.
Chase Wulff (1 month ago)
I think I missed something. If making a black and white photo into a color photo is as easy as applying filters and a specific color, why are people spending hundreds of hours hand coloring historic photos?
this guy (1 month ago)
this video was good despite Vox being such a cesspool
5iwot5 (1 month ago)
Now this video is one of the reasons I subbed to this channel.
Samara (1 month ago)
I am an astrophotographer and this video is SPOT-ON. This is exactly how Hubble (and I) use a mono camera and filters to image the cosmos in color.
Rahim LaQuica (28 days ago)
How do you know that the final result is what the thing (galaxy, planet whatever) "actually" looks like (= how your human eye would see it if you were in a spaceship near it)?
jajlertil (1 month ago)
Yeah this is quality content 👍
Kaycee Obingene (1 month ago)
But green is gotten from blue and yellow
JosVideosHD (1 month ago)
Scientists colorize photos of space by deceiving as usual.
GotShieldGotYou (30 days ago)
you have to be negative, don't you?
Daniel Sonntag (1 month ago)
Thank you! I actually really wondered how they got color images of the outer space events. Nicely done
Bill Powell (28 days ago)
They lie to you my doesn't work like that.. they don't process blk and white photos..yes maybe Photoshop.. these images are not real.. they are artist renditions
tjartik (1 month ago)
This is very good to have. We really need this level of explanation, not just to science pursuers and people passionate about knowledge, but for amateur astronomers and photographers as well, for really grasping the understanding about capturing light from deep space. The Universe gave us its "formula" and now we must do the best we can to reach out for it, for everything that is.
Rustychambers (1 month ago)
space dust!
A Plant (1 month ago)
green is not primary, yellow is.
Ramendra Mishra (1 month ago)
All my life was a lie😢
Isaiah Habib (1 month ago)
As a sandwich artist I can say this video is spot on, well done.
Tiger (1 month ago)
Am I the only one that thinks that the thumbnail looks like a cat?
Eytro (1 month ago)
the concept of space being not as colorful just made me lowkey sad
NCT VELVET (1 month ago)
I recently watched a video about colors and it is said that the real primary colors are magenta, yellow, and cyan
Nicole Romero (1 month ago)
Actual primary colors: yellow, magenta, cyan
mateo fischer (1 month ago)
Technically me as a astrophotographer know that you don’t need to “add” color as you can take them with color to begin with. Some cameras do need this process but not all.
Mobin Noori (1 month ago)
Saif (1 month ago)
Why dont they just use color cameras to capture the space photos?
dyunpee (1 month ago)
So you mean that when you are into space you will see them almost black and white?... am i correct?
Oranje (1 month ago)
This video was extremely fascinating
Jordan Stone (1 month ago)
Fascinating stuff.
Cullen Mitchell (1 month ago)
I appreciate this video for being factual, but I don’t appreciate you referring to the last ruling remnant of the Mongol Empire, and descendant of Genghis Khan, as “this man, Alim Khan.”
LazyGamer (1 month ago)
Chandler Minh (1 month ago)
So they Photoshop.
Lino De Ros (1 month ago)
What a well-made and informative video. I always thought these images were true-color but boy was I wrong.
dennis_futbol (1 month ago)
im to high to understand anything lol
Carlositos G-O (1 month ago)
Now I understand what I’m looking at when I gaze at those beautiful photographs.
Sam Attar (1 month ago)
draft menship (1 month ago)
I should haven’t watched that video
- ze_fipsi (1 month ago)
3:25 song plz
SuperMoon (1 month ago)
Thanks for the Video, very good explained!
Enjoy (1 month ago)
Thank you very much for giving wonderful knowledge about colour photos
The Game Life 101 (1 month ago)
This is one of the most interesting videos I’ve ever seen.
Ahllen Tanael (1 month ago)
what is real
Gabriella Cindy (1 month ago)
wowwww amazin info love this
Gabriella Cindy (1 month ago)
so if im highly spiritual im purple
Miroslav Antsipovitch (1 month ago)
that's for stupids. all this info could fit in 1 minute
Andrea (1 month ago)
with paint and stuff the primary colors are cyan magenta and yellow to people who don’t know. The others are secondary colors. For exaple you mix magenta and yellow you get red. If you mix yellow and cyan you get blue and so on. Magenta is also a color with no wavelength, Thats because the blue and red receptor turns on in the eye and between red and blue is green but green has its own receptor. Then the brain creates magenta and then magenta don’t have a wavelenght. Between red and green is yellow between green and blue is cyan but magenta? no. Also the colorwheel is a lie all the colors are in a regtangle. So if you wanna go out to get some acrylic colors or any paint and want the primary colors get cyan yellow and magenta. Hope you undestood this.
Masa Ikramul Haq (1 month ago)
How many of you thought that they actually took colour pictures of the space before watching this video.
FedoraMiaza (1 month ago)
Hey Vox! Can we please have a schedule from you for the different series you upload (Ex. Darkroom every X day or Almanac every Y day). Thankyou! Btw, love your videos.
n a m e l e s s 101 (1 month ago)
Title: *How scientists colorize photos of the space.* Me: _What?!!_ 😢😔💔
John Wick (1 month ago)
Lol this is sad. I now have doubts about space.
mint (1 month ago)
i’ve always thought about how the dinosaurs actual colors looked like
Jared M (1 month ago)
Super 🐧 (1 month ago)
The black scientists give it the n word pass so it turns colored
dragon slayer god (1 month ago)
I wanna be a mantis shrimp now
saturn *:・゚ (1 month ago)
So basically everything in this world is a lie
Safiye Ser (1 month ago)
This is a really well-explained video, even relatable to microscopic images as well! As molecular neuroscientists, we also use RGB principle in microscope image analysis.
Pommit (1 month ago)
I really want to see more true colour images of space now, for curiosity's sake.
Vivek Gadhvi (1 month ago)
Space Is colorful (nebula,planets etc) it's just that the light is coming from so far away that it's stretched and looses its properties gradually while it reaches us. The image captured can be then recolored with the technology available to us.
Hacen SIDIQ (1 month ago)
This is amazing
eferg16 (1 month ago)
Finally, the answer to a question I asked myself once and forgot about. This is so amazing! It makes the universe that much more interesting. S C I E N C E
Awaiting End (1 month ago)
weird first example you put up
Rafael Farias (1 month ago)
legal o canal, obrigado ISS !!
Hakkı Bluetooth (1 month ago)
Thanks , ı am Turk
JakulaithWolff (1 month ago)
If I was going to discover a new colour... I wonder how it would be!
konakon TV (24 days ago)
@bigsmall246 yeah not even an artist remember color names, there's too many, like million different names. 0.01% hue/saturation could make a different.
bigsmall246 (1 month ago)
It's literally all been discovered long ago. You could give a name to a colour, but only women would remember these names.
ÀÑGÉL ØF DÊÂTH (1 month ago)
You can't its impossible
Mackenzie Robinson (1 month ago)
But why are red, green, and blue the primary colors of light when red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors. Green is made from yellow and blue
marco esposo (1 month ago)
Does that mean you can colorize b & w images???
Joel Moore (1 month ago)
ACG - Rivalǝǝ (1 month ago)
They never added space in America yet....
Abhay Agarwal (1 month ago)
Great explanation ,even tho I still didn't understand but pretty much simplified if I was in this sector :-)
Dario Vurchio (1 month ago)
great video
Bill Windsor (1 month ago)
@Vox - so informative; thank you for your careful walk-through on the light and electromagnetic spectrum processing of astrophotography!
Zumashetze * (1 month ago)
Yes the colors r real
BardocksBallSack (1 month ago)
There’s no such thing as colour
realicepick1 (1 month ago)
The globe, space, evolution, aliens, dinosaurs and the entire heliocentric model are all lies.
Turabbo (1 month ago)
Another awesome video, thanks very much for this one. Really great delivery, tight and classy VFX, and an awesome audio mix.
J Terry (1 month ago)
Loved this video
Sparky Mahoney (1 month ago)
That's dishonest. Sounds like this is how NASA markets itself. 'Well space isn't all that interesting but we still want your tax dollars.'
Rahim LaQuica (28 days ago)
Dimitri Isov (1 month ago)
I'd love to know the music, especially starting at 0:54
Vikramaditya Vajire (1 month ago)
So basically, space photos are photoshopped.
Matthew Weflen (1 month ago)
"Begging the question" means to assume what one is trying to prove. It would be better to say "Raises the question."
folden rim (1 month ago)
Another hidden in plain site explaination of Photoshop used to create images from "space"
Joe Renzetti (1 month ago)
Good presentation. I would have added that all digital color cameras are monochrome and work this way. A DSLR or your phone sensor has a bayer matrix where every pixels has it's own color filter, arranged groups of 4: one red, one blue and two green. The photo is captured mono the same way as Hubble's CCD camera, then debayered and saved by the camera as a color image.
David (1 month ago)
I don’t like the way the word scientist is used as a label. Astronomers create color images.
Sherhat Abdo (1 month ago)
That's why i see my ******* colored in the dark ..
Alexander Colefield (1 month ago)
I will say however that after seeing mostly images like these, when you find True Color images its a bit rewarding as they aren't cared about by people. I remember finding the true colors of Uranus and Neptune to be a challenge.
Rush Rage (1 month ago)
So what I got from this was...the moon landing was photoshopped.
Abhay Agarwal (1 month ago)
it wasn't
Kimberly Arcand (1 month ago)
Many thanks to Vox & Coleman Lowndes for doing this video on representative color. It's an issue I love to talk about, happy to contribute.
Kimberly Arcand (1 month ago)
@Home Lackin So nice to hear that, thank you!!
Home Lackin (1 month ago)
I enjoyed your TED talk very much, keep up the phenomenal work you do! 👏🏽👏🏽
Full grown midget (1 month ago)
Like all space "it's photoshopped because..... it has to be"
Ilikeporkpie (1 month ago)
You misspelled colour.
Bijay Lama (1 month ago)
0:06 it's not RGB it's RYGB.
David Heniff III (1 month ago)
Why aren't the editor and motion graphics artists credited at the end??
fatoldsunflaming (1 month ago)
as a video editor i agree
William Colin (1 month ago)
Every NASA created image should have that huh 🤔
William Colin (1 month ago)
Sac Al (1 month ago)
whoo great video
RalphMalf (1 month ago)
Beautifully done Vox! Bravo!
max koller (1 month ago)
Nicely done 👍