Katie Bouman reacted modestly to her sudden celeb status today, however the researcher whose graduate school work helped result in the very first image of a great void Wednesday, is getting her due.
Bouman, who is an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at Cal Tech, created an algorithm during graduate school at MIT that made the image possible.
The 29- year-old worked with MIT’s Computer system Science and Expert System Lab, the MIT Haystack Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for the last a number of years, leading to the development of the algorithm.
The image of the black hole was caught from 55 million lights years away (one light year is equivalent to six trillion miles) in galaxy Messier 87.
The discovery was made by Event Horizon Telescope, a worldwide job that explains itself as a “virtual Earth-sized telescope.”
Black holes have a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun and “significantly warp the fabric of space-time,” the National Science Foundation states on its site
” 3 years ago MIT grad trainee Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever picture of a great void,” MIT’s Computer technology and Expert system Laboratory tweeted Wednesday. “Today, that image was released.”
In another tweet, the lab added, “Researcher Katie Bouman just published about the moment when ‘the very first image I ever made of a great void’ was processed. Just to clarify, this was the very first image * ANYONE EVER MADE * of a black hole.”