Where In The Universe #50

Article written: 8 Apr , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

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 Responses

  1. Mike lynch says

    Center of our galaxy.

  2. Jorge says

    This is a globular cluster, I guess, can’t say which one, snapped by Chandra in X-rays.

  3. Konstantinos says

    Chandra telescope

  4. Stu Giles says

    The center of the Andromeda galaxy by XMM-Newton.

  5. Konstantinos says

    Chandra telescope. first galaxy’s after the big bang.

  6. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    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

  7. Sofista says

    It looks as the center of the Milky Way, by ESO.

  8. middenrat says

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

  9. Manuel says

    A glubular cluster (d0n’t know which one) taken by Chandra

  10. Tom A says

    Its my blood cells!!!

  11. Dave says

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

  12. fantalist256 says

    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).

  13. smashn says

    It’s probably a picture of distant galaxies or a star cluster taken by the spitzer space telescope

  14. Taunide says

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

  15. Vino says

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

  16. Procyan says

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

  17. Spoodle58 says

    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.

  18. Jon Hanford says

    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)?

  19. Fst says

    Galatic center by Chandra?

  20. Al says

    Something close by… X-ray image of the Hercules cluster? :S

  21. Mr.Obvious says

    I’m thinking it’s a deep field picture of galaxies.

  22. Sofia says

    It’s a Chandra x-ray image for sure, but I don’t know the place…

  23. neoguru says

    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!

  24. zibit says

    Milky Way’s center. Chandra.

  25. Hubble Deep Field view in infra-red

  26. I believe that this is from the Hubble Deep Field view in infra-red.

  27. Todd Coolen says

    LINER’s to search for active galactic nuclei by Chandra.

  28. H Groenewald says

    Eish! I Don’t know!

  29. H Groenewald says

    Tell us!

  30. Jorge says

    Meh… globular cluster, open cluster in the making… close enough… 😉

  31. Sofia says

    Ah, at last !

  32. Newdude says

    Very good. All WITU should be at least this challenging. Keep them coming.

  33. LarDog says

    Looks like an over-heated lava lamp to me….

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