Katie Bouman Made the First Black Hole Image

Katie Bouman Made the First Black Hole Image

Who is the person that developed algorithm for the first black hole image? This is fantastic news that the first time we can see a real photo of black hole that has made a computer scientist Katie Bouman.  Bouman herself posted a photo on Facebook reacting as the historical picture was processing. Here is the picture below!

Katie Bouman Made the First Black Hole Image
She posted a photo on Facebook reacting as the historical picture was processing

“Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed,” she wrote in the caption to the Facebook post.

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

Here you can see the first black hole image, taken using a global network of telescopes.

first black hole image
first black hole image

The algorithm is known as Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors, or CHIRP. Bouman theorized that black holes leave a background shadow of hot gas. The machine learning algorithm fills in gaps in data produced by telescopes from around the world. Bouman led efforts in “the verification of images and selection of imaging parameters” for the Event Horizon Telescope.

According to her “Traditionally the way you make images in radio astronomy is you actually have a human there who is kind of guiding the imaging methods in the direction they think they should go,” Bouman explains. “And for data like this, that is so sparse, so noisy, where it’s so hard to try to find an image that was a dangerous game to play.”

“It’s exciting,” she says. And that’s also her message for the next generation who might consider careers like hers. “As long as you’re excited and you’re motivated to work on it, then you should never feel like you can’t do it.”

Source: Text; time.com,

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