Black hole image gives Twitter a field day


It involved doing both her own original science and. In order to do that, the team needed algorithms that could distill all that noisy, messy information into one comprehensible picture. In a post on social media, Bouman emphasised the collaborative efforts that had made the imaging of the black hole possible. EHT explained the light gives an "indication of the structure of the black hole", but not the whole story.

The tell-tale shadow at the center of the black hole ended up being clearly visible in the picture.

Bouman had developed the program while still at school and more recently has been working secretly on leading the testing to verify the images.

That's where Bouman and her team went to work.

Dr Bouman's method of processing this raw data was said to be instrumental in the creation of the striking image. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of MI and went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her master's and doctorate. But it wasn't until June previous year, when all the telescope data finally arrived, that Bouman and a small team of fellow researchers sat down in a small room at Harvard University and put their algorithm properly to the test.

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"'Yes captain Bouman, that was the first black hole imaged by your ancestor using Earth's pre-warp imaging technology'". While their discovery was made in June, it was only presented to the world by all 200 researchers on Wednesday.

Katherine "Katie" Bouman, a postdoctoral fellow with the Event Horizon Telescope, created the algorithm that stitched together data from the global network of satellites that produced the historic image. In an interview with CNN, she said, "No one of us could've done it alone". Among other things, the announcement marked the moment when people like Bouman could finally share their secret work with the world. Together, the team utilized enough image data to fill thousands of hard drives, seamlessly stitching together photos from eight telescopes - located in Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Arizona, and the Antarctic - to create the image released today.

"We got really lucky with the weather".

For the team, it's not just an attempt to photograph the invisible, but a project in which the sheer scale of the object they're photographing brings with it a whole new set of challenges. She was then a graduate student in computer science and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Black holes are the "most extreme environment in the known universe", Broderick said, a violent, churning place of "gravity run amok".