Meet Katie Bouman, the woman behind first black hole photo

Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

For the past few years, Bouman directed the verification of images and selection of imaging parameters. Presumably, this was just one cache as 64 HDDs could only hold 5PB if they were 80TB capacity, something drive makers have not achieved yet. And Bouman, whose expertise is not in astrophysics but computer science, was one of a small group of people who spent years developing and testing those methods.

Bouman, 29, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, had been working on such an algorithm for nearly six years, since she was a graduate student at MIT. "The ring came so easily".

The data was then pieced together by an algorithm written by Katie Bouman. "Still, I like to make corrections so there ya go".

Munn is very active on social media and uses it for a little of everything, including speaking out when she learned a registered sex offender had been given a role in The Predator, slamming the parents involved in the college admissions scandal and even clearing up plastic surgery rumors. The Event Horizon Telescope is also described as a "virtual Earth-sized telescope".

'I'm also thrilled she's pointing out that this was a team effort including contributions from many junior scientists, including many women junior scientists, ' he added. Overall, studies suggest that only about 30% of the world's researchers are women. "If you know what one pixel is, you have a good guess as to what the pixel is next to it". If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder.

The 37-year-old was among the first 20 people who saw the images of the black hole after it was processed.

According to her website, Bouman is now a postdoctoral fellow with EHT and will start as an assistant professor in Caltech's computing and mathematical sciences department. She wrote alongside, "Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed".

"Wow", Munn replied. "I didn't say anything about her race or gender".

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"Well that makes sense as the data was captured across 8 different telescopes, so this is 1/8th of the whole setup", said ThomasTheSpider. Stop", he wrote. "Our papers used three independent imaging software libraries.

Happily, it turned out that those were one and the same.

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

Bouman's success was a long time coming. "But I do sometimes think about it".

"No one of us could've done it alone", she told CNN. "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".

The aim was to combine data collected from radio telescopes scattered around the globe, under the auspices of the EHT. Going into a career in science means "working with people around the world".

Bouman is still starting out in her own career.

Bouman is a postdoctoral fellow with ETH and an assistant professor in the CMS department at Caltech. Bouman explains how we can take a picture of the ultimate dark using the Event Horizon Telescope. And I heard about this project, this idea of imaging black holes. He also expressed appreciation for her efforts to credit her colleagues, many of whom are women.

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