Vanta Black

By Anupum Pant

When you say you see something, you mean that you sense the photons that are being reflected by the object you “see”. What if the object emits hardly any photons? At least not enough for you to see anything?

The answer is, you see black. Remember that this isn’t the average black sharpie colour you see almost everyday. In that case, you see something. Vanta black, is the blackest substance ever created. It absorbs 99.9% of light. That means when you look at it, you actually are not seeing anything. Rather, your brain is looking at objects around it and concluding that there has to be something in the dark part, so let’s make it look black.

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