Katie Bouman: The woman behind the first black hole image
But Dr Bouman, now an assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Technology, insisted the team that helped her deserves equal credit.
- Taking the temperature of black holes
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- Dozen black holes at galactic centre
The effort to capture the image, using telescopes in locations ranging from Antarctica to Chile, involved a team of more than 200 scientists.
"No one of us could've done it alone," she told CNN. "It came together because of lots of different people from many different backgrounds."What do we know about the black hole?
How did her algorithm create the image?
- The black hole, which is "unseeable" to the naked eye, measures 40 billion km across, or three million times the size of the Earth
- It was scanned over a period of 10 days in the Messier 87 galaxy
- It is "larger than the size of our entire Solar System", Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment, told the BBC
Put simply, Dr Bouman and others developed a series of algorithms that converted telescopic data into the historic photo shared by the world's media.
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