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Terrestrial Gamma Flashes (TGFs) from Fermi with Static Earth

In this visualization, we plot the timing and locations of terrestrial gamma flashes (TGFs) observed by the Gamma Ray Burst Monitor aboard the Fermi Gamma-ray observatory.

One version of the map includes the global lightning probability (the light blue glow overlaying the global map) which varies with season. We see that TGFs are roughly correlated with lightning probability.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Producer
Gerald J. Fishman (NASA/MSFC): Scientist
Michael Briggs (NASA/MSFC): Scientist
Francis Reddy (SPSYS): Writer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission - TRMM
Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Data Used:
Fermi/Gamma Ray Burst Monitor/Terrestrial Gamma Flashes also referred to as: Fermi GBM TGF
Data Compilation - NASA/MSFC - 2008-08-07 to 2010-12-31
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
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:
Astrophysics Visualizations
Terrestrial Gamma Flashes

NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Terrestrial Gamma Flash
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Gamma Ray

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