A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory shows the first photograph of the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. Photo: AFP
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Black hole image a revolutionary glimpse

  • While the Earthrise photograph allowed humanity to stare back at itself and its planetary home, the new black hole image lets us look at the mystery of cosmic creation and destruction

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A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory shows the first photograph of the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. Photo: AFP
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Computer scientist Katie Bouman. Photo: Facebook

Black hole photo turns US scientist Katie Bouman, 29, into overnight star

  • The computer scientist developed an algorithm named CHIRP that allowed researchers to take the world’s first image of the phenomenon
  • The volume of data to be sorted – four petabytes (4 million billion bytes) – was contained in a mountain of computer hard drives
Topic |   Space

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Computer scientist Katie Bouman. Photo: Facebook
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