Where In The Universe #95

Article written: 12 Mar , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

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 Responses

  1. DrFlimmer says

    I’d say that’s Arizona Meteor Crater. Maybe by an airplane….

  2. SweeneyTodd says

    This is easy !!

    Mons Olympus , on Mars :p

    taken by….mmmm this is difficult..

    Mariner 9 maybe ?

  3. PhelanKA7 says

    Arizona Meteor Crater. Picture taken from Proba 1.

  4. Jorge says

    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.

  5. pahles says

    Like PhelanKA7 says:

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

  6. Member
    geraldspace says

    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!

  7. ct says

    Meteor Crater – Proba 1(cropped) acquired Jan 23, 2004

  8. kips says

    It is on Mars called Olympus Mars. I think It was taken by mariner

  9. Lawrence B. Crowell says

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


  10. Ringman says

    Tricky one!
    It looks like a crater somewhere on Earth.

  11. Al Hall says

    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…


  12. Navneeth says

    It’s on Earth. The “Meteor Crater.” No idea who or what took the image.

  13. Trish47 says

    Is it Olympus Mons taken by Viking 1?

  14. Al Hall says

    Hmmm… Is it an “innie” or an “outtie”……?

  15. Laur says

    Meteor Crater in Arizona

  16. Vedic says

    Olympus Mons – Viking ?

  17. Andromeda says

    Meteor crater, Arizone pictured by ESA satellite Proba with HRC

  18. neoguru says

    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.

  19. mau says

    Earth, Barringer crater, AZ.
    The trees give it away.
    A very old spacecraft?

  20. gopher65 says

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

  21. gopher65 says

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

  22. A.D.Siddhaarthan says

    Thats Olympus Mons in Mars.

  23. Terragen says

    Meteor Crater in Arizona.

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

  24. Maximan says

    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!!

  25. ROCA says

    ‘Meteor Crater’ or ‘Barringer Meteorite Crater’, near Winslow, Arizona. Credit: ESA

Comments are closed.