How To Take a Picture of a Black Hole | Katie Bouman

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 1, 2019

The photographed black hole, for instance, is 500 million trillion km away from Earth.

But atmospheric disturbance and the spareness of the measurements meant "an infinite number of possible images" could explain the data, Bouman said. Munn congratulated Bouman, whom she called an "inspiration", and the 29-year-old's "amazing team", for creating the algorithm that assembled the one-of-a-kind picture. "Isn't it the first EVER picture of a black hole, in addition to being the first one you ever made?" one wrote.

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

In 2016, Bouman developed an algorithm named CHIRP to sift through a true mountain of data gathered by the Event Horizon Telescope project from telescopes around the world to create an image.

In other words, he and his team are the reason why we're able to see this image. "It was quite spectacular", she told BBC Radio 5 live.

'Can we just be amazed at this unbelievable scientific development and not turn it into some bullshit political battle?' one user said. "We got lucky in so many ways".

Feryal Ozel, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona who was the modeling and analysis lead on the project, told ABC News the gender breakdown was "pretty dismal", noting that there were about three senior women, including herself, out of about 200 total scientists on the project.

Dr Bouman was also hailed by MIT and the Smithsonian on social media.

After an global group of scientists revealed the first photos of a black hole on Wednesday, the internet quickly turned its attention to the 29-year-old computer scientist who played a key role. "Today, that image was released". Her background was in computer science and electrical engineering, and she got involved in the project while pursuing a Ph.D.in computer vision. Each team independently used the algorithm to obtain an image.

'The thing that kinda bugs me about it is that the only quotes I've seen from her are the usual part-of-a-team couldn't-do-it-alone type stuff, ' one Reddit user wrote.

Many comments surfaced online with people commenting that Katie Bouman wasn't receiving enough credit for her invention as most of the credit were being ascribed to the Event Horizon Team and starting taking measures to correct that.

While the existence of Black holes have been long known, the phenomenon proved impossible to witness. She was also the one who led testing to verify the images, which by itself is a huge task.

Bouman played an important role by helping "form the algorithm that made the visualization (of the black hole) a reality", as reported by CBS News.

Bouman comprehensively described the process in a 2017 TED Talk.

The results of the algorithms were then analysed by four separate teams to build confidence in the veracity of their findings. It's an image years in the making - one that required a global network of eight telescopes and an worldwide team of over 200 astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, and engineers.

But Chael, the "primary author of one piece of software that worked on imaging the black hole", was having none of it and denied writing that many lines of code, according to The Washington Post.

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