Trying to capture an image of a black hole is like trying to take a picture of an orange sitting on the surface of the moon from Earth-- with your smartphone.
That is what Dr. Katie Bouman said two years ago during her TED talk called "How to take a picture of a black hole."
Bouman is 29 years old. She received her doctoral degrees in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She later became a postdoctoral researcher with the international Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT, project. The project's scientists produced a black hole image from data collected from a series of telescopes around the world. Together, they formed an Earth-sized "virtual" telescope -- one powerful enough to do what had once seemed impossible.
This week, the team of scientists, led by Sheperd S. Doeleman of Harvard University, released to the public the first-ever image of a black hole.
Soon after, another image was spreading over social media and the news. It showed a smiling Bouman with the black hole image on her computer screen. She wrote on Facebook, Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed.
Bouman led a team that helped create an algorithm, or set of computer processes that turned the huge amount of telescopic data into one image.
After the press event Wednesday, Bouman spoke with members of the media. She said she is looking forward to developing more algorithms and methods that will help lead to an even better, sharper image of a black hole.
Bouman will begin her teaching career at the California Institute of Technology later this year.
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1. ahead of 超过，早于
Or an early autumn night, they once again stand in that "black hole" at the entrance.
2. black hole 黑洞
What do you have? I have a telescope.
布曼今年29岁 。她已经获得了麻省理工计算机科学与工程专业的博士学位 。随后，她选择在国际的视界望远镜（EHT）项目读博士后 。该项目的科学家通过数据生成了黑洞的图像，这些数据是从世界各地的多个望远镜收集来的 。加在一起之后，他们形成了一个与地球大小相当的“虚拟”望远镜——该望远镜功能强大，足以实现曾经看似不可能的事情 。
本周，这组科学家的负责人是来自哈佛大学的谢泼德·多尔曼 。他们发布了黑洞的第一张图像 。
不久后，另一张图像在社交媒体和新闻上疯传 。这张图像上，布曼正微笑地看着自己电脑屏幕上的黑洞图像 。她在脸书上写道，我简直难以置信，我居然看到自己曾经制作的手掌黑洞图像正在重塑 。
布曼领导的团队助力研发了一个算法，也就是一套计算机流程 。这套算法可以将望远镜提供的海量数据变为一张图像 。
在举行过周三的新闻发布会之后，布曼跟媒体朋友们聊了起来 。她表示自己期待研发出更多的算法和方法来帮助人类获得更好、更清晰的黑洞图像 。
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