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Terrestrial Gamma Flashes (TGFs) from Fermi with Seasonal 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.

This version of the map includes the global lightning probability (the light blue glow overlaying the global map) which varies with season. The Earth's surface also illustrates some seasonal variations. We see that TGFs are roughly correlated with lightning probability, and the lightning probability correlated with seaons. There is more lightning in the summer season.

Visualization Credits

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

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

Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
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
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

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

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