Where In The Universe #94

Here’s another Where In The Universe Challenge, to test your visual knowledge of the cosmos. This week’s image was submitted by UT reader Jason Major, who is hoping this one will pose a challenge for everyone. But you know what to do: take a look at this image and see if you can determine where in the universe this image is from; give yourself extra points if you can name the instrument responsible for the image. 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 β€” give everyone the chance to guess.

Good Luck!

UPDATE: The answer is now below.

This is Rembrandt Crater on Mercury as seen by the MESSENGER spacecraft. Rembrandt is a relatively young impact basin, and forming about 3.9 billion years ago, is younger than any other known impact region on the planet. Images from MESSENGER show pristine terrain on the outer portion of the crater, as well as unusual tectonic fault features, not found in any other big crater. You can read more about it in our previous article about “New Mysteries Unveiled on Mercury.”

Thanks once again to Jason Major for submitting this week’s image. Check back next week for another WITU challenge!

24 Replies to “Where In The Universe #94”

  1. It’s the Rembrandt Impact Basin on the planet Mercury as seen by the MESSENGER space probe.


  2. Either Mercury from Messenger, or Luna from Kaguya. It’s hard to tell which of those two bodies it is.

  3. That white-covered area on the left says “Mercury”. Clearly Mercury is made of bland white cheese πŸ™‚

  4. Rats late again. Definately Mercury taken by Messenger on a flyby.


  5. Messenger took this picture of the Rembrandt basin on Mercury during the 2nd flyby.

  6. Once again, Nancy has raided my computer for a picture. This is definitely the Rembrandt impact basin on Mercury by Messenger. I had to turn my picture 90 degrees to be absolutely certain; but certain I am. Or maybe it is my backyard after my dogs have been digging in it.

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  10. Mercury, by Messenger.

    I love being the first to answer to these challen… oh, wait. Damn!

  11. Mercury/Messenger. Would be hilarious if we were all wrong πŸ™‚ Kind of hope we are, actually.

  12. Mercury – Rembrandt basin – Spacecraft MESSENGER with the Narrow Angle Camera

  13. My first thought was the moon, but those crater patterns don’t look right. So it pretty much has to be Mercury, and was thus probably taken by Messenger during one of its past 2 fly-bys of the planet. I don’t know the names of any cameras on Messenger, so I can’t even speculate about that bit.

  14. Easy one right? I always find it uncanny how much Mercury resembles our own Moon, especially in black and white. We’ll get some great images when MESSENGER enters orbit next year too. πŸ™‚

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