Terrestrial Gamma Flashes (TGFs) from Fermi with Static Earth

  • Released Monday, January 10th, 2011
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM
  • ID: 3747

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.


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Datasets used in this visualization

Terra and Aqua BMNG (A.K.A. Blue Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

Dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/

See more visualizations using this data set
TRMM Lightning (Collected with the LIS sensor)
Fermi Fermi GBM TGF (A.K.A. Terrestrial Gamma Flashes) (Collected with the Gamma Ray Burst Monitor sensor)
Data Compilation NASA/MSFC 2008-08-07 to 2010-12-31

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