Meet Katie Bouman, one of the incredible minds behind the network of telescopes that took the recently captured first ever live photo of a black hole. As a PhD candidate at MIT, she led the algorithms build behind the telescope.
From Ted Talks: At the heart of the Milky Way, there’s a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close — even light. We can’t see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe. Scientists used to think that making such an image would require a telescope the size of Earth — until Katie Bouman and a team of astronomers came up with a clever alternative. Bouman explains how we can take a picture of the ultimate dark using the Event Horizon Telescope.
Fast forward to April 10, 2019, the short version:
If you have an hour, here’s the PBS version of what went down on April 10, 2019, up in the skies in another universe far far away, capturing what happened around an actual black hole about 55 million years ago. Give or take a couple.