"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just looks so strange," Ben Jensen, chief technical officer of Surrey Nanosystems, told the Independent. Surrey NanoSystems researchers worked with the U.K.'s National Physics Laboratory and a U.K.-based company, ABSL Space Products, to make this new material, called Vantablack. The name hints at the material's microstructure, which makes use of a VANTA (vertically aligned carbon nanotube array). Vantablack absorbs 99.965 percent of the visible light that hits it. The previous record-holder for the world's darkest material absorbed a mere 99.960 percent of the visible light it encountered, the Guardian reports.