“Vantablack” is the blackest material known to science. It was invented by British researchers in 2014 and capable of absorbing 99.96 percent of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light!
Since the first invention of Vantablack, the team behind the invention - from Surrey NanoSystems - has upped its blackness, and in early 2016, announced that no spectrometer in the world was powerful enough to measure how much light it absorbs.
"Even running a high power laser pointer across it barely reflects anything back to the viewer," the researchers explain. "We have never before made a material so 'black' that it can't be picked up on our spectrometers in the infrared."
So how does it actually work?
Here's what it looks like when sprayed on a three-dimensional face mask, rendering all the features non-existent to our eyes.
"The near total lack of reflectance creates an almost perfect black surface," say the researchers.
Here’s a comparison video of regular black paint and Vantablack, in case you still weren’t convinced!