How does the Git tab know my profile picture?

When I open a local git repo in Atom, the Git tab shows the picture I use on the remote (either GitHub or GitLab). I’m not signed into GitHub or GitLab through a browser. Is Atom using my .ssh key to grab the Avatar?

I should add I’ve just installed Atom and opened the Git repos. I haven’t used Atom to commit, push or pull.

Not really sure how it does it though, but I’d assume it just checks the commit’s author and then uses GitHub to fetch the avatar. Especially if there is a GitHub remote.

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Thanks. That makes sense. I guess no authentication is needed to fetch the avatar.