In 2016, Katie Bouman was just a graduate student at MIT studying electrical engineering and computer science when she discovered something that will help change history. Bouman led a team of researchers that developed a new algorithm that could one day help astronomers produce the first image of a black hole.
After 3 years, that moment has finally happened. With the assistance of Bouman’s and several other algorithms, MIT announced this week that they were able to successfully capture the first ever image of a black hole. The photo displays a super massive black hole and its shadow at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy, located over 55 million light-years from earth.
To read more about this incredible accomplishment, read here.