The Dark Saga of Katie Bouman

How a young scientist got sucked into the black hole of the internet

Photo: Design/Getty/EHT/National Science Foundation via Reuters/The Atlantic

By Marina Koren

Two photos — one long anticipated, the other a surprise — became instantly famous in astronomy last week. First, there was the first-ever look at a black hole, a shadowy void encircled in a fiery ring of cosmic matter. Then, in the celebration that followed…

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