Today, everyone is sharing the first ever image of a black hole, but no one is sharing the stuff about the woman who is single-handedly responsible for it. Her name is KATIE BOUMAN.
The effort wouldn’t have been possible without Katie Bouman, who developed a crucial algorithm that helped devise imaging methods. She was then a graduate student in computer science and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 3 years ago, MIT grad student Katie Bouman developed that algorithm which helps to produce first ever image of Black Hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87. Infact, she started learning about image projection from high school. And after that she decided on the spot she’d dedicate her life to it.
We all know that,black holes are extremely far away and compact, so taking a photo of one is no easy task. In addition, black holes by definition are supposed to be invisible — although they can give off a shadow when they interact with the material around them.
A global network of telescopes known as the Event Horizon Telescope project collected millions of gigabytes of data about M87 using a technique known as interferometry. However, there were still large gaps in the data that needed to be filled in.
Good Job, KATIE!