Where in the universe 89

Where In The Universe #89

27 Jan , 2010 by

Ready for another Where In The Universe Challenge? Here’s #89! Take a look and see if you can name where in the Universe this image is from. Give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for the image. As usual, we’ll provide the image today, but won’t reveal the answer until tomorrow. This gives you a chance to mull over the image and provide your answer/guess in the comment section. Please, no links or extensive explanations of what you think this is — give everyone the chance to guess.

UPDATE: The answer is now posted below.

This is Earth, and specifically the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, where one of the world’s driest regions meets up with the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The colors come from salt pans and gorges choked with mineral-streaked sediments, giving way to white-capped volcanoes. This image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on October 28, 2001.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory



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LunarOrbit
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January 27, 2010 7:52 PM

I’m guessing it’s Whistler, British Columbia, Canada… one of the sites of the Winter Olympics.

fnanfne
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fnanfne
January 27, 2010 2:38 PM

Earth, camera on-board the ISS.

Jorge
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Jorge
January 27, 2010 2:41 PM

Earth, some terrain-observing satellite, maybe Terra or Landsat.

Jon Hanford
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Jon Hanford
January 27, 2010 2:51 PM

Earth and yeah, possibly Terra.

Fluffmachine
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Fluffmachine
January 27, 2010 2:52 PM

Earth! Somewhere. Cold. Montain-ish.

ewornor
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ewornor
January 27, 2010 3:03 PM

Earth and probably LandSat

Ringman
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January 27, 2010 3:07 PM

Strip mines or mountain ranges on earth from space.

Lawrence B. Crowell
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Lawrence B. Crowell
January 27, 2010 4:20 PM

It looks terrestrial. I have no idea where.

LC

star-grazer west coast
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star-grazer west coast
January 27, 2010 4:33 PM

Somewhere on Earth-however, it may be in China. The yellow color, it looks like loess deposits on the mountains that gives the Yellow (Hwang-Ho) river its’ name

Major Soixante-Seize
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Major Soixante-Seize
January 27, 2010 4:55 PM

I would guess near Nazsa in Chile. Looks like it may be some of the Nazca lines.

entropy123
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entropy123
January 27, 2010 5:01 PM

Landsat definitely… probably somewhere in Chile… one of the dumps for the mining site where they have all the waste fields

Vinchiamo
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Vinchiamo
January 27, 2010 7:27 PM

I’m guessing the Rocky mountain

Astroclam
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Astroclam
January 27, 2010 8:32 PM

Nazca lines, Earth.

erinaceus
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erinaceus
January 28, 2010 4:31 AM

You know I don’t think that’s Earth. Maybe its the colours, maybe the big feature in the centre or just the strange linear features near the top right.

I’ll stick my neck out somewhat – Looks like a micrograph of a mineral grain. Perhaps something returned by Stardust?

Nephish777
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Nephish777
January 28, 2010 7:34 AM

To me it appears to be magnified metallic crystals. Perhaps galena. (A lead compound once used for crystal radios.)

Vedic
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Vedic
January 28, 2010 12:21 PM

These always get me stumped – however…

Judging by the 4 straight and parallel lines in the top right of the image – and not only parallel but equidistant…

I’m going for Earth.

Image could be by any of a thousand satellites, but I’m going for ISS

Stu Giles
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Stu Giles
January 28, 2010 1:19 PM

Death Valley or possilby Nevada from the Terra satellite.

kootstar
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kootstar
January 28, 2010 1:45 PM

I don’t very often get into these, but my two cents here… How about a little closeup of Europa, uneven ice beds, cracks, reflections, and even the yellow area being a reflection of the Sun? For more trouble for me, maybe a very close Cassini fly-by?

paul.swanson
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paul.swanson
January 28, 2010 1:46 PM

I see roads, so it’s obviously Earth. The recent landslide near Machu Picchu, perhaps? ISS?

kootstar
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kootstar
January 28, 2010 2:30 PM

Now I’m second guessing even myself. A closer look reminded me of previous pics of wildfires from space, i.e. from ISS. Less smoke blowing away from fire = hotter areas. Note grey streaks going in similar direction. black and brown = burned out/smoldering areas.

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