WATCH Astronomers Reveal First Ever PHOTO of Black Hole

Mindy Sparks
April 11, 2019

Dr. Bouman started creating the algorithm three years ago while she was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"Computer scientist Katie Bouman and her awesome stack of hard drives for #EHTblackhole image data", Nature News writer Flora Graham tweeted with an image of the two MIT computer scientists side by side.

On Wednesday, almost a year after scientists at the Black Hole Initiative in Cambridge applauded their discovery in private, Bouman and 200 other scientists - many of them from the Boston area - finally could speak about what many astronomers and others had thought impossible.

"Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed", Bouman wrote in a post on Facebook, alongside a picture of her in front of a laptop showing the black hole.

Isn't that some top-rate visualisation of one's goals?

When she joined the team six years ago, Bouman didn't know a thing about black holes. Throughout her talk, she breaks down complexities of programming, imaging and black hole physics in simple (and some, hilarious) metaphors.

She also plans to continue work with the Event Horizon Telescope team, which is adding satellite dishes in space to the network of telescopes here on Earth that were used to produce the image released on Wednesday. Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.

Scientists coordinated eight different radio telescopes and synced them all to an atomic clock, giving them the photographic power of a telescope the size of the entire earth.

While advances in the field of quantum mechanics replaced the notion of a singularity with an equally bewildering but finite quantum dot, the actual surface, and interior, of black holes remains an active area of research today. This data is then processed using an algorithm at MIT. This is known as the black hole's shadow or silhouette. All the weak inputs in the images from the remaining parts of the planet that don't have a telescope were guesstimated by the algorithm.

Katie Bouman sharing her delight after the image saw the light of day.

Though her work developing algorithms was a crucial to the project, she sees her real contribution as bringing a way of thinking to the table.

The 37-year-old scientist got involved in the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project that made the historic record of the black hole after joining the Taiwan-based Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow, The Star reported yesterday.

Alan Marscher, a Boston University astronomer who led one of the teams, joined Bouman and others at a celebration in Washington on Wednesday. The world could use more of that now (and forever after). She had been working on the algorithm for nearly six years, beginning when she was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr Margaret Hamilton (see below) was helped put a man on the moon in 1969. "I hadn't even told my family about the picture".

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