Where In The Universe #98

Article written: 31 Mar , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

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 Responses

  1. Member
    Pars3c says

    Europa, imaged by Galileo. I’m quite interested in what lies beneath that ice!

  2. J. Major says

    Looks like that ball-of-twine texture of Europa to me.

  3. hairnet says

    Enceladus? looks like icy moon to me…

  4. clatonium says

    I’m going to say Europa taken by Galileo.

  5. JaredEban says

    Looks like Europa as taken from Gallileo

  6. nightfly says

    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.

  7. Wolter says

    Looks like Enceladus by Cassini to me.

  8. Jorge says

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

  9. That’s no moon! It’s a space station!

  10. chemist84 says

    It’s Europa by Galileo. Amazing detail.

  11. marksm says

    Its Europa by Galileo

  12. Jon Hanford says

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

    Europa as seen by Galileo 🙂

  13. Andy F says

    Europa from Galileo… let’s drill that ice!

  14. SpaceYeti says

    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?

  15. Stu Giles says

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

  16. FLEXOL says

    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…

  17. William928 says

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

  18. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    Late again. Definately Europa. The Galileo spacecraft took this.


  19. theCase says

    Ice Planet Hoth

  20. gypkap says

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

    Picture was presumably taken by Galileo.

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  23. neoguru says

    Me 2! Europa by Galileo.

  24. ubuntu says

    Could be Europa or Enceladus.

    I’ll guess Enceladus by Cassini.

  25. Rob_Bowman says

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

  26. Andromeda says

    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!

  27. ROCA says

    Europa moon by Galileo spacecraft !

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