The cop from ‘Don’t Be a Menace’ would hate this stuff – Vantablack, the blackest material in the world

All would-be-ninjas, goth kids, and people who just look good in dark colors gather ’round. Have I got news for you!

Despite what Netflix has tried to tell you, orange is not the new black. Vantablack is the new black.

The darkest commercial black paint available vs Vantablack

UK based Surrey NanoSystems has developed a new color that is able to absorb up to 99.965% of all light visible to humans. They’ve titled the color Vantablack, which is an acronym for Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays… black.

“Vantablack is composed of a forest of vertical tubes which are “grown” on a substrate using a modified chemical vapor deposition process (CVD). When light strikes Vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat.”


Pictures of items painted in Vantablack look like there was a portion Photoshopped out of them, and poorly at that. Apparently the almost complete absence of light creates a black hole type visual that begs for the viewer to just dive on in*.

*Disclaimer: QTW does not encourage people to enact their favorite Looney Tunes moments by trying to drag this hole around and leap into like it’s a mouse hole in a wall. The objects are very real and you’ll only succeed in looking like a lunatic.

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“It absorbs so much light that it is often referred to as the closest thing to a black hole humans will ever see.”

It’s hard to understand just how much light Vantablack absorbs, so let these reactions be an indicator of how disorienting it is to almost fall into a square of nothing.

Check out more on the Surrey NanoSystems website!

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