The woman behind the first black hole image of the history is 29 year old Katie Bouman. This was possible due to the algorithm Katie Bouman created to process the black hole which is 500 million trillion km from where we live.
Katie Bouman, the woman behind the first black hole started the development of the algorithm 3 years back while she was reading for her graduation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). And Katie Bouman acted as the leading personality of this engagement with the assistance of a team of MIT’s computer science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center and the MIT Haystack Observatory.
“Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed” was what Dr. Katie Bouman stated as the caption of her facebook post picturing the loading black hole image on her laptop.
About the Black hole
The unseeable black hole measures 40 billion km across which around three million times of the size of earth.
The scanning of happening in a period of 10 days in the Messier 87 galaxy.
The black hole is larger than our solar system all together.
Creation of image by Katie Bouman’s algorithm
The image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) which is not a single telescope. It is a set of 8 telescopes networked together using a technique called interferometry.
And the data was captured and stored on hundreds of hard drives to be central processed in centres at Boston, US and Bonn, Germany.
An Algorithm is a process or set of rules used to solve a problem. Katie Bouman’s algorithm converted the telescopic data into a historic photo.
And Katie Bouman is humble enough to remind her massive team behind her success as this was a team effort of more than 200 scientists located from Antarctica to Chile.
Katie Bowman has already become an sensation on internet due to her achievement of impossible.