Scientists have used a new algorithm to take a photo of a black hole. One of the most exciting parts about it to me is that they used a lot of Python libraries to do the magic.
Here’s a list mentioned in their paper:
- Numpy (van der Walt et al. 2011)
- Scipy (Jones et al. 2001)
- Pandas (McKinney 2010)
- Jupyter (Kluyver et al. 2016)
- Matplotlib (Hunter 2007).
- Astropy (The Astropy Collaboration et al. 2013, 2018)
They also used their own custom Python code which is available on Github
If you’re interested in a more laymen’s explanation of the ideas behind taking the photo, there’s a nice TED talk on it from one of the researchers:
- Reddit Python group discussing these developments
- A Photo of the researcher
that appears to show Matplotlib running.
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