Gamma ray burst eruption. Image 5 of 5. Computer artwork of the jet (white) of a gamma ray burst, erupting from a star's surface (across bottom). This is based upon the collapsar theory of GRBs that says GRBs result from the collapse of the core of a massive star. A black hole forms when the core collapses. The spin or magnetic field of the black hole forms jets from material that is being ejected at near the speed of light. The jets are the source of the gamma rays of the GRB, a massive short-lived burst of energy that is 100s of times brighter than an ordinary supernova. For GRB formation, see images R670/148-152. For GRB jets, see images R670/153-154.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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