Where In The Universe #50

Its time once again for another Where In The Universe Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to test your skills and knowledge of the cosmos. Guess where in the Universe this image is from, and give yourself extra points if you can guess which spacecraft is responsible for the image. Post your guess in the comment section (no links to hints please!) and check back tomorrow for the answer. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below. (Don’t peek before you make your guess!)

This image is a zoomed in look at one region of the Rosette Nebula, taken by the Chandra X-ray Telescope, showing a group of hot, young stars. The nebula is about 5,000 light years from Earth, and we see it in the constellation Monoceros. The colors represent various levels of X-ray energy: red shows low-energy (0.5-2 keV) and blue shows high-energy (2-8 keV) X-rays. Chandra took the image back in January of 2001. For more info on the image and the Rosette Nebula, check out the Chandra website and their description of the image.

Hope you enjoyed this image — check back next week for another WITU Challenge!

33 Replies to “Where In The Universe #50”

  1. This could be a range of things, from flourescence of “bubbles,” to stars. The colored blobs looks too irregular to be stars. If this is large scale maybe this is an image of dark matter distributions of many galaxies — sort of a statistical ensemble of the Bullet galaxy result of two years ago.

    Lawrence B. Crowell

  2. The depth of field indicates an image of a ‘local’ object, so I’ll swing with the Milky Way galaxy core dudes.

  3. It’s a trick question. You drove your car through a swarm of them lightnin’ bugs. I seen ya.

  4. it’s a fusion and fission of particles….somewhat like anti-matter and other matter particles…the space craft responsible for this was the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

  5. Place: No Idea
    Spacecraft something in X-Ray (Röntgen) Maybe RoSAT but more probably XMM-Newton or Chandra

  6. It just seems like the stars i get when i wake up every morning!!
    No idea at all!!
    Great one Nancy!!

  7. The Fesarius taken from the Enterprise after too much tranya? No! The Rosette Nebula by Chandra.

  8. I am going to say we are looking at galaxies, the virgo cluster, taken by Spitzer.

    Can’t wait to see what others are saying.

  9. Out of focus red and blue strobe-lit glitter at a rave? No. How about Chandra Xray image of a dense open cluster (Westerlund 2 or maybe M 17 XR cluster)?

  10. I’m suspecting it’s another earthly shot akin to the cave glow worms. It just does not look astronomical to me. But I ain’t gotta clue what it is!

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