"I am so excited that we will finally be able to share what we have been working on for the last year!" 29-year-old Bouman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, came out on his Facebook account on Wednesday after the picture was published.
The term "black hole" refers to a point in space where matter is so compressed that it creates a gravitational field from which not even light can escape. The huge black hole in the photo published Wednesday is 55 million light-years away at the center of a galaxy known as M87.
While the existence of black holes has long been known, the phenomenon has proved impossible to testify.
In 2016, Bouman developed an algorithm called CHIRP to sift through a real mountain of data gathered by the Event Horizon Telescope project from telescopes around the world to create an image.
The volume of data – several petabytes (several million billion bytes) – was contained in a mountain of computer hard drives of several hundred pounds that had to be physically transported to the Haystack Observatory of Westford, Massachusetts, operated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
To ensure the accuracy of the image, the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center, operated by Harvard University, provided the data to four different teams. Each team used the algorithm independently to get an image.
After a month of work, the four groups presented the results to the other teams.
"It was the happiest moment I've ever had (when) I saw all the other teams had very similar images, with the lower half brighter than the upper half. It was incredible to see that everyone understood," Bouman told Giornale of Wall Street.
"No algorithm or person has created this image," wrote Bouman, who will start working as an assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in the autumn.
"He requested the incredible talent of a team of scientists from around the world and years of hard work to develop the tool, the data processing, the imaging methods and the analysis techniques necessary to realize this feat. apparently impossible, "he said on Facebook.
"It was really an honor, and I'm so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you all."
Stephen Hawking leaves his legacy behind in the form of books
The prolific author
March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking was a prolific author with a talent for making books on stimulating scientific topics involving a wide spectrum of readers.
The physicist is best known for his 1988 classic, "A Short History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes", which was intended to help people without a solid scientific background to understand the key issues of physics and science. 39; human existence. In it, he discusses the origins of the universe and its future. His other books include:
(Image: Reuters and www.hawking.org.uk)
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