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. Instead, hard drives had to be flown in to four teams of scientists, who analysed the data to build the image.
Naturally, this momentous occasion propelled Bouman to well-deserved fame, and social media platforms are still ringing with praise for her achievement.
This week, the world laid eyes on an image that previously it was thought was unseeable. "We all watched as the images appeared on our computers", Bouman says. "I've spent most of my professional life on this, and I'm just really glad we got such great results out of this", Fish said.More news: Jet Airways cancels flights on worldwide routes
The term "black hole" refers to a point in space where matter is so compressed that it creates a gravity field from which even light can not escape.
Katherine Bouman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, created an algorithm that assembled the one-of-a-kind picture. Originally from IN, her father is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University.
Bouman, who now an assistant professor at California Institute of Technology, deflected on her newfound fame, instead crediting everyone on her team in another Facebook post.
Katherine Bouman had devoted years to the astonishing quest - to help capture the first image of a massive black hole in a distant galaxy, a void so dense no light can escape. Bouman's specialty is using "emerging computational methods to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary imaging", according to the bio on her website. She was also the one who led testing to verify the images, which by itself is a huge task.More news: Vlade Divac Agrees To Four-Year Extension With Kings Through 22-23
For the team, it's not just an attempt to photograph the invisible, but a project in which the sheer scale of the object they're photographing brings with it a whole new set of challenges. "Here's to #WomenInSTEM!", which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is known as the black hole's shadow or silhouette.
The discovery is only a starting point, Bouman and Marscher said.
She also plans to continue work with the Event Horizon Telescope team, which is adding satellite dishes in space to the network of telescopes here on Earth that were used to produce the image released on Wednesday. "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".More news: Disney+ Price, Release Date, & More Exciting Details Announced