First came the impressive image, the first to show a black hole, in a galaxy about 55 million light years from Earth.
Then there was the dizzying realization that the extraordinary moment of the years would not have been possible without the work of a 29-year-old scientist, who has now claimed a special place in history.
Katherine Bouman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, created an algorithm that brought together the unique image. And after the image was presented to the world on Wednesday, Bouman began earning praise from his fellow scientists, historians and politicians for his important achievement.
"Given the magnitude of the use of & # 39; historic & # 39; today, we are launching ourselves unashamedly and legitimately in the #BlackHolePicture car. Congratulations Dr. Bouman!" The Royal Historical Society wrote on social networks.
Bouman began working on an algorithm as a graduate student at the Mbadachusetts Institute of Technology, studying electrical engineering and computer science.
According to The Washington Post Guarino:
"She was one of three dozen computer scientists who used algorithms to process the data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope project, a global collaboration of astronomers, engineers and mathematicians.
"The telescopes around the world collected high frequency radio waves in the vicinity of Messier 87, a supermbadive black hole that is 54 million light years away, but the atmospheric disturbance and the amplitude of the measurements meant that" a infinite number of possible images "could explain the data, said Bouman, well-designed algorithms had to go through chaos."
The image of NASA's black hole: what it reveals and what it does not.
What we are seeing is not so much a presence as an absence. A dark space defined by an asymmetrical outline, an "emission ring".
When the first image on Wednesday was revealed, it caused an overwhelming emotion online, not only for science but also for the scientist who supports it.
"I'm inspired by Katie Bouman," wrote Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women, on Twitter.
The feeling was shared through social networks.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "Sit in the story, Dr. Bouman! Congratulations and thanks for your enormous contribution to the advances of science and humanity."
Barbie's Twitter account wrote: "Congratulations, Katie Bouman, for this extraordinary achievement! Thank you for leading by example and encouraging girls to expand the limits of science."
"A tip for Katie Bouman from MIT for her contribution to the big announcement today!", Wrote Planetary Society, directed by Bill Nye.