June 24, 2019

Black hole genius Katie Bouman takes her place among stars

12 April 2019, 07:24 | Edward Lowe

Black hole genius Katie Bouman takes her place among stars

Black hole genius Katie Bouman takes her place among stars

The algorithm her team developed rendered the black hole image, which was captured by a network of eight telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope.

"Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever".

Q: What was the algorithm's role for this image, stitching together data from telescopes across the planet?

Bouman is a 2007 graduate of West Lafayette High School.

To verify what they had produced, the teams "tried to excise humans from the equation altogether", Bouman said.

"3 years ago MIT grad student Katie Bouman led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole". "Here's to #WomenInSTEM!", which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

But It’s Wrong: Trump Tweets Graphic of His ‘Soaring’ Approval Rating
However, the graphic also showed that 55 percent of the respondents approve of the president, that number is not correct . Viewers were quick to respond on Twitter , including the Director of Georgetown Politics, to point out the error.

She pointed out that "no one algorithm or person made this [black hole] image".

However, they were also aware of two main challenges: the enormous distance of the black hole from Earth, and the lack of available data to have a complete image.

The first problem was solved by using the now famous Event Horizon Telescope, which relied on the principle of strength in numbers to collect light data from the elusive black hole. However, there were still large gaps in the data that needed to be filled in.

Alan Marscher, a Boston University astronomer who led one of the teams, joined Bouman and others at a celebration in Washington on Wednesday.

Users took to Twitter to appreciate and some even had requests to make #blackhole a trending topic on Twitter. For the past few years, Bouman directed the verification of images and selection of imaging parameters.

"No one of us could've done it alone", she told CNN. We could have gotten just a blob. We wanted to develop many different algorithms that all have different assumptions built into them. "If all of them recover the same general structure, then that builds your confidence".

Uganda says arrests made for kidnapping of American tourist
Ugandan tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu tells VOA that Americans shouldn't be dissuaded from visiting the East African country. Authorities said Tuesday that arrests have been made in the abduction of a USA tourist in Uganda and a local guide.

This entire process was explained by Bouman in a 2016 TED talk entitled "How to take a picture of a black hole". In fact, the researchers had generated several photos and they all looked the same. "'Yes captain Bouman, that was the first black hole imaged by your ancestor using Earth's pre-warp imaging technology'".

Bouman said in an interview with Nature that the breakthrough is just the beginning of learning more about black holes.

"It required the fantastic talent of a team of scientists from around the globe and years of hard work to develop the instrument, data processing, imaging methods, and analysis techniques that were necessary to pull off this seemingly impossible feat", she said.

"One of the insights Katie brought to our imaging group is that there are natural images", Fish said. "Do you think this is where God keeps his weed?"

Junior members like Bouman made significant contributions to the project, he added. Of course, senior scientists worked on the project, but the imaging portion was mostly led by junior researchers, such as graduate students and post docs.

Lewis Hamilton blocks out F1 party to focus on Chinese GP success
Vettel finished fifth there after a late spin, and media in Ferrari's native Italy have their knives out. "I hope this weekend it's closer between us because this is a great track to have a real race".

Other News

Trending Now

Pelicans, Davis enter off-season with major changes looming
When he was asked if he knew who hung it up, Davis replied: "No". "I saw some stuff", Davis said about the reaction to the shirt. "I'm under contract still", Davis said at his post-game press conference.

Michael Avenatti Charged With… A Whole Bunch MORE Stuff
The case is separate from another involving Nike that says Avenatti tried to extort $20 million from the sportswear giant. Cohen pleaded guilty and is set to report to prison next month, and Avenatti and Daniels have parted ways.

Trudeau violated MPs' rights, broke law with 'unilateral' expulsion: Philpott
Philpott followed suit a few weeks after that, saying she'd lost confidence in the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin case. The underlying notion, as Philpott told the House, is that MPs are not accountable to the leader, but he or she to them.

Disney's streaming service to launch on November 12 in US
Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian , the first ever live-action Star Wars series, will premiere on Disney + at launch. To paraphrase a certain Agrabah magic carpet user, Disney + is ready to show you a whole new world of streaming.

Fawad Chaudhry demands British empire apologise for Jallianwala massacre, Bengal starvation
On February 13 this year, the last day of the 16th Lok Sabha, the House debated Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust (Amendment) Bill. I feel little reluctant to make apologies for things that have happened in the past", according to a report by The Wire .

WATCH Astronomers Reveal First Ever PHOTO of Black Hole
To complement the EHT measurements, NASA's Chandra, NuSTAR and Swift space telescopes participated in the observing campaign. The mystique of black holes in the community is very substantial. '#EHTBlackHole that's no black hole , they found Sauron.

First Democrat Likely to Be Indicted From Mueller Probe
According to the Justice Department, Craig worked with Manafort to obtain the contract to create the Tymoshenko report. He said he talked with the journalists because of inaccuracies and not to lobby on behalf of the Ukrainian government.

The First Picture Of A Black Hole Was Taken By A Woman
The results of each algorithms were analysed by four separate teams to build confidence in the accuracy of their findings. The photo shows a ring of dust and gas surrounding the shadow of a mass at the center of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy.

Next moves for the Kings - Key decisions after firing Joerger
The Kings lost to 136-131 to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday when Joerger made a decision to sit his starters in the second half. Walton has been the head coach of the Lakers for the last three seasons.

Diego Costa handed eight-match ban
He grabbed Manzano's arm at one point and players from both teams tried to contain him. But it is not justifiable because an insult is never justifiable".