TED - Katie Bouman: How to take a picture of a black hole

Editor: Petter Reinholdtsen
Category: Samfunn
Uploaded: 07 Apr 2017
Length: 0:12:56 (filler)
First broadcast: Oct. 17, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close — even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about the universe. Scientists used to think that making such an image would require a telescope the size of Earth — until Katie Bouman and a team of astronomers came up with a clever alternative. Learn more about how we can see in the ultimate dark.

TED talk downloaded from The Internet Archive.