Gamma ray burst formation, artwork. A gamma ray burst (GRB) is a short, intense emission of gamma rays from a point source in space. There are thought to be two types of GRB, one long duration one thought to form from the supernova-like collapse of a massive star, and the shorter duration version depicted here. In this case, the jet of gamma rays is emitted during the collision of two neutron stars. The neutron stars orbit ever closer until their immense gravity tears them apart, releasing a huge amount of energy. This is emitted as gamma rays, but the emission is short- lived as the stars rapidly coalesce into a black hole.
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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