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Connections: Terrestrial Gamma Flashes and Lightning?

The RHESSI instrument not only views the Sun but can detect gamma-rays from sources on Earth as well.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
David M. Smith (University of California, Santa Cruz): Scientist
Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh (University of British Columbia): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Science, Vol 307, Issue 5712, 1085-1088 , 18 February 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1107466]

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Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission - TRMM

Data Used:
2004/07/01 - 2004/10/31
RHESSI/X-ray Imaging Spectrometer
2004/07/01 - 2004/10/31
The RHESSI instrument is an imaging spectrometer observing the Sun at X-ray to gamma-rays (photon energies of 3 keV to 17 MeV) at time resolutions of a few seconds. (eV stands for "electron volt" and is a unit of energy. Note that photons of visible light have energies of 2-3 eV. 1 keV is a thousand electron volts and 1 MeV is a million electron volts.
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of these series:
Terrestrial Gamma Flashes
Astrophysics Visualizations
Astrophysics Stills

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DLESE >> Space science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Gamma Ray
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version