Scientists Plan to Capture Black Hole Images

An algorithm will compose an image made up of radio waves measured by telescopes around the globe. Harnessing the power of multiple telescopes around the globe, an MIT researcher has come up with an algorithm that may allow scientists to capture the first images of black holes. To see a black hole from Earth would require a telescope with a 10,000-kilometer diameter. Such a lens is impossible, since it would be roughly the size of Earth itself. So a project called Event Horizon Telescope is working on synchronizing multiple telescopes around the world to approximate the capacity of a single giant one. That’s where MIT graduate student Katie Bouman comes in. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, she has developed an algorithm that can adjust for fluctuations in atmospheric noise—”galactic…


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