The world is still basking in the incredible achievement of being able to capture for the first time ever an image of a ‘monstrous’ black hole. The scientific breakthrough was a collaborative effort from scientist and researchers all over the globe but one person deserves particular credit. The jaw-dropping image of M87 is largely thanks to algorithms created by Harvard graduate Katie Bouman. Bouman worked with three other colleagues to developed the algorithm that made it possible for the image to come together.
The team faced the impossible task of figuring out a way to combine the masses of data from the telescopes that formed the Event Horizon Telescope network. The algorithms they developed seamlessly stitched together the data to create the wondrous image we see today. The Event Horizon Telescope is formed from data from telescopes located around the world in Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Arizona, and the Antarctic. Each telescope collected so much data of M87 it was impossible to send via the internet and had to be physically flown to a central data processing center.