April 11, 2019

Meet Katie Bouman, the woman who transformed our view of black holes forever

It's been a huge day for science. And an even bigger day for female scientists.

On Wednesday, we Earthlings got our first direct look at a black hole, thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope, an array of eight radio telescopes around the world working together to create the image. But in the midst of making jokes about how that photo kinda sorta looks the eye of Sauron and wondering how this newfound information could impact Albert Einstein's theories of gravity, social media focused on making sure one of the women behind the project gets credit for her contributions.

Katie Bouman, an MIT grad, helped develop a computer program while still in school. Along with others, it helped create the image of the black hole. She also led testing to verify the images.

Read more at https://www.cnet.com/news/meet-katie-bouman-the-woman-who-transformed-our-view-of-black-holes-forever/ and https://onezero.medium.com/scientists-release-the-first-image-of-a-massive-black-hole-a61913e55451

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