Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Peering Deeper Into Space.
About Jedidah Isler's Segment
In April 2019, we saw the first image of a black hole ... ever. Astrophysicist Jedidah Isler explains how the team behind the Event Horizon Telescope achieved such a feat.
About Jedidah Isler
Jedidah Isler is an astrophysicist whose research focuses on hyperactive supermassive black holes, particularly the physics of blazar jets — one of the most powerful forms of particle acceleration in the universe.
She is currently an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. Previously, she was a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. In 2014, she became the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in Astrophysics from Yale.
Isler is also the creator and host of "Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM," and is a major advocate of inclusive STEM education.
To learn more about the Event Horizon Telescope and see the first black hole image, click here.
Jedidah Isler's 2015 TED Talk: