Black hole image gives Twitter a field day

A network of eight radio observatories on six mountains and four continents observed a black hole in Messier 87 a supergiant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo on and off for 10 days in April of 2017 to make the image

The MIT Computer Scientist Whose Algorithm Led To The First Real Image Of A Black Hole

A photo of Bouman in disbelief, which was originally posted on her Facebook page, was shared on the MIT CSAIL Twitter account.

"I have an interest in how can we see things or measure things that are thought to be invisible to us", she said.

Naturally, this momentous occasion propelled Bouman to well-deserved fame, and social media platforms are still ringing with praise for her achievement.

When she joined the team six years ago, Bouman didn't know a thing about black holes.

"Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever".

Nasa has unveiled the first-ever photo of a black hole, and we have Katie Bouman to thank for that. She also led testing over the last few years to verify the image. Though Bouman was one of several women who worked on the Event Horizon Telescope team, the majority of her colleagues on the project were men.

Scientists say the picture Bouman helped capture proves Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Bouman is of the view that simultaneous with studying the precise locations for the telescope, algorithms should be developed for best results. 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.

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The MIT Grad, Katie, was still in school when she helped develop a computer program that created the image of the black hole.

She also posted a photo on Facebook of her reaction to seeing the black hole images.

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. They were tasked with essentially hitting go on a supercomputer that would combine the data from each telescope and finally reveal the image the world was anxiously waiting to see.

"Just before the imaging, with the M-87 data, I was not so sure we can see a shadow, even before we have the data set, so it's really exciting", he said.

"I've been involved with the project since 2007", he said. Trying to capture an object that has a gravitational pull so powerful that not only light can escape would intimidate many but for Bouman and her team, it was all part of the fun. "One key is showing that when you go into fields like computer science and engineering, it's not just sitting in a lab putting together a circuit or typing on your computer".

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