Her testing process used multiple algorithms with "different assumptions built into them" to recover a photo from the data.
Though her work developing algorithms was a crucial to the project, she sees her real contribution as bringing a way of thinking to the table.
On Wednesday morning, the world got to see the unseeable. "We are trying to change that", she said. "The ring came so easily". "The goal was to see this thing that was essentially impossible to see".
The radio "photograph" was obtained by an worldwide collaboration involving more than 200 scientists and engineers who linked some of the world's most capable radio telescopes to effectively see the supermassive black hole in the galaxy known as M87.
The first direct evidence of a black hole has been observed by scientists who recorded swirling matter heating up as it was pulled towards the event horizon after which nothing can escape. The black hole is located 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.More news: UCLA Hires Mick Cronin As Next Basketball Coach
Shep Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope, has already said last week at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 'The team is working exceptionally hard to quadruple-check all the results.' The announcement from the team will be made simultaneously from six places all over the world.
Katie Bouman (or Katherine L. Bouman) first learned about the Event Horizon Telescope in 2007, back in high school in West Lafayette, Indiana, then pursued it as work in college at the University of MI.
The now-famous image of a black hole comes from data collected over a period of seven days.
While advances in the field of quantum mechanics replaced the notion of a singularity with an equally bewildering but finite quantum dot, the actual surface, and interior, of black holes remains an active area of research today.
In the above time-lapse video from the European Southern Observatory taken over 20 years, the elliptical orbit of the star closest to Sagittarius A*, the Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH) that sits in the center of our galaxy, can been seen accelerating to a significant fraction of the speed of light at the perigee of its orbit.More news: AT&T expands mobile 5G to 7 more cities
This kind of motion could only be produced by an object of huge mass that could only be an SMBH.
"Why not name it the Bouman Black Hole, and get scifi writers slip a reference into their characters' lines?" one Twitter user suggested. Which is what we have the privilege of doing now. Four imaging teams on supercomputers needed two years to crunch all the data.
Albert Einstein first theorised about the existence of black holes about 104 years ago.
Up next for Bouman is a new job.
But humble Katie, who's now an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology, insisted her team deserves equal credit for the release of the image. At the event horizon, the infamous boundary of no return surrounding such a collapsed star, time will appear to freeze for an external observer.More news: Tennessee to hire former Lady Vol Kellie Harper as next head coach