Meet the 29-Year-Old Scientist Behind the Black Hole Photo

Women in STEM are kicking butt and taking names! Case in point? The huge news this week when scientists unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy. This galaxy is approximately 55 million light-years away, and it took a group of 200 scientists from 20 countries nearly 10 years to get this photo.

Their breakthrough came from a young female American scientist, Dr. Kate Bouman. Dr. Bouman created the algorithm that allowed the picture showing a fiery ring surrounding a black center to be assembled. "This is just the beginning of having another window into what black holes can tell us about our laws and physics," Bouman said after the image released. "Already, we've learned so much."

Indeed! Thank you for your hard work, Dr. Bouman!



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