Where In The Universe #98

Ready for another Where In The Universe Challenge? Here’s #98! Take a look and see if you can name where in the Universe this image iimage 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 s from. Give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for the image. We provide the what you think this is — give everyone the chance to guess.

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This is a close-up view of the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, a moon of Jupiter, obtained on December 20, 1996, by the Solid State Imaging system on board the Galileo spacecraft during its fourth orbit around Jupiter. The view is about 11 kilometers by 16 kilometers (7 miles by 10 miles) and has a resolution of 26 meters (28 yards). The Sun illuminates the scene from the east (right).

For more info see the original image on the CICLOPS website.

Check back next week for another WITU challenge!

27 Replies to “Where In The Universe #98”

  1. I am torn between Enceladus, and Europa. I think I will go with Europa taken by Galileo. Can anyone explain the groves in the low left corner ? It looks to me like they were made by glacier scaring.

  2. Europa, Galileo. Although there are also some regions in Ganymede that show similar patterns. But I’ll stick with Europa.

  3. It’s the Los Angeles metro freeway system (with craters…er, potholes) or-

    Europa as seen by Galileo 🙂

  4. Me thinks someone was watching Science Channel on tuesday. 🙂 Very cool shot of Europa.

    Notice that splotch of smoothness on the left.

    I find that interesting. Covers the trenches and cracks and such, and there’s hardly a crater on it.

    Any ideas what would do that sort of thing?

  5. Europa from the Galileo probe. The crater with the smooth area around it is known as the “puddle”.

  6. Looks like Europa taken by Galileo to me. Very detailed shot, so it would be a more recent photo. And not the car Europa, good car though…

  7. Looks like most everyone beat me to the punch, definitely Europa, but could it be a Cassini image? Probably not.

  8. “All of these worlds are yours except for Europa. Attempt no landings there.”

    Picture was presumably taken by Galileo.

  9. It’s that moon with the frozen surface and huge under-ice oceans swimming with 1700 ft long whale-like creatures.

  10. It is a close-up view of Europa taken by the Solid State Imaging system on board the Galileo spacecraft in 1996.
    Happy Easter to everybody!

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