Created an algorithm in graduate school: a young American told how she photographed a black hole
Kathy Bowman, a scientist whose graduate school work helped create first black hole image, modestly responded to what suddenly became famous.
Bowman, an associate professor in the department of Computational and Mathematical Sciences at Cal Tech, while studying at a postgraduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, created an algorithm that helped produce the first image.
29-year-old Katie has worked for the past few years at the Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the Haystack Observatory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center, which led to the development of an algorithm.
On the subject:
An image of a black hole was obtained from a distance of 55 of millions of light years (one light year equals six trillion miles) in the Messier 87 galaxy.
The discovery was made by Event Horizon Telescope, an international project that describes itself as a “Earth-sized virtual telescope”.
The mass of black holes in 6,5 is billion times the mass of the Sun and "radically distorts the fabric of space-time," says Online National Science Foundation.
“Three years ago, MIT graduate student Katie Bowman spearheaded the development of a new algorithm to produce the world's first image of a black hole,” writes the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. This image has been published today. "
A black hole is an area with such strong gravity that even objects moving at the speed of light cannot leave it. The possibility of the existence of black holes at the beginning of the 20th century proved the equations of the general theory of relativity by Albert Einstein, although the scientist himself did not believe in this assumption. But in the second half of the 20th century, the theory of black holes gained additional evidence through the use of powerful new telescopes. Now the scientific community has almost no doubt that black holes exist. But because of their great remoteness, no one watched them - scientists merely imagined how they might look.
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