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Written by Alex Chiejina

Imagine being in a room with your eyes open yet you see nothing. Absolutely nothing! 99.9%. Your sense of space and time is temporarily to the point you feel like you might be floating in space. This is how a room painted in Vantablack might make you feel.

Scientists have just invented the blackest material in the world and given it a very interesting name to say the least; Vanta Black.

Two masks, one coated in Vantablack Surrey NanoSystems. Photo: Surrey TheOutline.com

This material is said to be the darkest material ever and absorbs up to 99.965% of light. So when placed against another object, it looks like nothing exists in that space. It is the closest we will get to seeing a black hole with our naked eyes for a long time. Trust me, you don’t want to get close to one either.

Vanta, which stands for Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays is made by using very long and thin nano-tubes that absorb the light, preventing them from bouncing back.

It is used to block out stray lights for things such as super telescopes that help us look far out into the universe and focus on galaxies with very little interruption from stray light.

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