This Week’s Where In The Universe Challenge

by Nancy Atkinson on April 22, 2009

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Its time once again for another Where In The Universe Challenge. And this is the official WITU challenge for this week, even though Anne’s article today about the mystery blob is another challenge. But we’ll let the professional astronomers handle that mystery! The goal of this challenge is to test your skills and knowledge of the cosmos. This week’s image was sent in by one of our regular readers, Vino. Guess where in the Universe this image is from and give yourself extra points if you can guess if a spacecraft or another type of instrument is responsible for the image. Post your guess in the comment section (no links to hints please, and no torturing Vino to get her to tell the answer!) Just check back tomorrow to find out the answer. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

Well, Vino, we didn’t fool everyone. As some of you guessed, this is a beach (although no one guessed which beach!) But it really does look like the surface of a moon or Mercury. Vino took this picture last year of the beaches of the Blackpool resort in the UK. “I didn’t realise the picture would turn out the way it did when I took it,” Vino said. “These were the result of tides….and completely camouflaging. I fooled a few of my friends as well.”

Thanks for sharing your picture, Vino! And if anyone else has images they would like to share or suggest for future WITU challenges, send them to me at nancyatkinson04 at yahoo.com.

Check back next week for another Where In The Universe Challenge!

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

RL April 24, 2009 at 6:20 AM

My guess is that this is Mars and the picture is taken by the Spirit rover.

Dan Tillmanns April 24, 2009 at 6:22 AM

Did anyone ever try to give one of these rocks a push? Take a barrel of water and try it wet or dry.

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