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Today's Picture: June 24, 1995
The Crab Nebula and Geminga in Gamma Rays
Picture Credit: NASA, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory
What if you could "see" in gamma-rays? If you could, these two
would be among the brightest objects in the sky. This computer processed
image shows the Crab Nebula pulsar (below and right of centre)
and the Geminga pulsar (above and left of centre) in the "light" of
gamma-rays. Gamma-ray photons are more than 10,000 times more
energetic than visible light photons and are blocked from the
Earths's surface by the atmosphere. This image was produced by
the high energy gamma-ray telescope "EGRET" on board NASA's orbiting
Compton Observatory satellite.
For more information see
Compton Science Support Centre release.
Jupiter from Voyager
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