Where In The Universe #95

Ready for another Where In The Universe Challenge? Here’s #95! 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. We 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.

Mars or Earth? — that is the question! This is an image of Meteor Crater, also known as the Barringer Meteorite Crater, located near Winslow, Arizona, USA, planet Earth. This High Resolution Camera image, taken by ESA’s Proba satellite was taken on January 23, 2004. It shows the 1.186 km diameter crater is approximately 180 metres deep and is surrounded by a rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some as big as houses. The shadow-casting structure visible on the north side of the Crater is the Visitor’s Center. Click here for a larger and uncropped version of the image.

Check back soon for another WITU challenge!

25 Replies to “Where In The Universe #95”

  1. This is easy !!

    Mons Olympus , on Mars :p

    taken by….mmmm this is difficult..

    Mariner 9 maybe ?

  2. This is the Earth, more specifically Meteor Crater in Arizona. Not many craters exhibit that quadrangular shape.

    Now, I suspect this photo wasn’t shot by a satellite, but by an airplane. Several decades ago.

  3. Like PhelanKA7 says:

    Arizona Meteor Crater. Picture (a cropped one) taken from Proba 1.

  4. Barringer Meteor Crater near Flagstaff, AZ. Don’t know the spacecraft, but it could be any of several, or it could be any of several aerial images. If you want some really good photos, I have numerous photos I took while standing on its rim!

  5. Barringer Crater near Flagstaff. I flew over this not that long ago.


  6. 35°1?38?N 111°1?21?W? / ?35.02722°N 111.0225°W? / 35.02722; -111.0225.

    geraldspace – I have pics of me there as well.. With a yummy little blond thing!! …. Ah the memories…. Of the crater, of course.. 😉 ….. Anyway…


  7. I’d call it an Earthly crater. It could be a caldera, impact, or bomb crater. If it’s the Arizona crater it was taken long ago before the museum was built. If a bomb crater it looks huge and fairly old – maybe a nuclear bomb site. It’s unlikely, but I’m guessing it’s a caldera, but not a clue where it’s located.

  8. Olympus Mons, on Mars. Dunno what spacecraft, but it looks like it was taken by one of the first ones to do a flyby.

  9. Wow, this is the first one of these that I’ve seen that’s had 2 major guesses that people seem pretty sure about!

  10. Meteor Crater in Arizona.

    How can that be Olympus Mons? The shadows make it obviously concave.

  11. Good one Nancy, you really had me thinking for a few minutes there 🙂

    I’m pretty sure it is Barringer Meteorite Crater, located near Winslow, Arizona – taken by the high resolution camera on ESA’s Proba satellite. The Visitors Centre gives it away!!

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