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#1 FleurDeLune

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 02:58 PM

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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.

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?
  • 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
How did her algorithm create the image?

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.

In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a process or set of rules used to solve problems. MORE HERE

 

 

 

I was a bit surprised when I first heard this "First Black Hole Photo" news last night. Not because of its 'rarity' in nature but because we were talking about it few hours prior to its release. 
 
I asked one of my students about this "black hole" stuff being written on a certain page of his Science book (we were discussing about Solar System as part of the lesson). I know it was his handwriting referencing to a trivia topic 'Milky Way Galaxy".
 
He answered to me, "Oh, it was accidentally written because my pen was not working well, Teacher."
 
And I was like, "Oh, Ok". 


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 04:13 PM

some sort of synchronicity?

 

Will create a separate topic for this so we won't be a little off.


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:30 PM

 

 

Will create a separate topic for this so we won't be a little off.

 

hopefully medyo nalilito ako , sort off



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:18 AM

I do not think they uncovered any scientific proof of a black hole. I remember immersing in details of National Geographic articles about NASA space probes sent to explore the surface of distant planets like Jupiter and Saturn. That satellite probe technology is a lot better than what this network of telescopes are.

 

However, the probes had limitations. Our Earth rotates around an axis and can communicate or focus on the space probe only at certain times of the day. Our planet also revolves around our Sun. This prevents it to focus on the other planets since they too have their orbits.  The article describes the effort to recover and interpret data streams which can have a lot of interpretation. Finally the data is only rendered as a digital stream of an image. This image is then interpreted by artists who manually paint the conclusion based on instructions.

 

Eventually the article got a lot of reactions. It was made to be responsible and much correction led to several more scenarios. More artist rendition of what could be. The credibility of the program suffered from flaws, which led to hot expert debates. Yet it cannot be denied that there is a breakthrough since these probes are pioneering work and state of the art. Eventually even NASA was under fire and threatened to be dissolved. I remember that NASA was almost shut down by the Obama administration.

 

As for this black hole picture which is farther than Jupiter and Saturn, the idea that it captured an image is still debatable. Imagine that the Earth, the solar system it belongs to and the galaxy that we are in, are all in constant motion. Just like in photography, movement will cause an image distortion.  Thus this black hole picture may just be an illusion resulting from movement and the limitation of the hardware, which in this case are the telescopes from the participating space observatories. Let us wait for actual space travel before verifying the Truth of our theories imagination.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 11:22 AM

hopefully medyo nalilito ako , sort off

Err san ka nalito?
 
Sa: 
 
a) black hole
B) synchronicity
c) separation of church and the state este of another topic
d) the phrase " be a little off"
e) none of the above


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:03 PM

Hindi naman actual photographic image but using radio telescope at ginawan ng image. Last 2017 pa daw nakuha yan mga data? 53 million ly away yan so are we seeing the "image" 53m ly in the past?

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 04:00 PM

Black hole madam

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:48 PM

Dr Bouman and others developed a series of algorithms that converted telescopic data into the historic photo

 

darn i can't even spell algorithm yesterday. Anyway, BH does not reflect light, more so light cannot escape from it, hence it cannot be seen.

but according to Wiki "Despite its invisible interior, the presence of a black hole can be inferred through its interaction with other matter and with electromagnetic radiation such as visible light.

Bam!      yun daw..........ano daw?!    Let's just give humanity the credit for ingeniously trying. Lest we forget the Tower of Babel thingie. 


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