Meet the 29-year-old woman behind the first image of a black hole


It's not Dr. Katie Bouman's fault she became the face behind that amazing photo of the very first black hole. And it is a beauty! Dr. Bouman wants to make sure her team gets credit as well. Dr. Bouman did lead the project, assisted by a team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the MIT Haystack Observatory.

This team's development of a computer program is what made the breakthrough image possible.

THE PHOTO fellow at MIT. Me too!

The amazing black hole photo shows a halo of dust and gas 500 million trillion km from Earth, was released on Wednesday.

The image, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) - a network of eight linked telescopes - and this was all because of Dr Bouman's algorithm.

She wrote in the caption to the Facebook post-

"Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed,"

HOW DID SHE DO IT?

Dr. Bouman and her team started three years ago developing a series of algorithms that converted telescopic data into the historic photo that went internationally viral.

This was while Dr. Bouman was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She is 29...just like me.

Currently Dr. Bouman, is an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology.


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