Where In The Universe #109

Article written: 16 Jun , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

Here’s this week’s Where In The Universe Challenge. 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 — give everyone the chance to guess.

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This is Pingualuit Crater in northern Quebec, on Earth. It was first seen by a crew from a United States Army Air Force plane in 1943, and was one of the first craters in this region to be identified as an impact crater. This image was taken by NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite on August 17, 2002. In this image, water appears blue, and land appears in varying shades of beige. The high latitude of the area limits vegetation, so thick, lush forests do not flourish in this region. In fact, the crater’s name derives from an Inuktitut term for cold-weather-induced skin blemishes.

Read more about Pingualuit Crater at the NASA Earth Observatory website.

13 Responses

  1. Jorge says

    Earth, of course. An impact crater, apparently.

    Spacecraft? This seems to be in false color, which means a ground-observing satellite. There are plenty of them, though. Terra?

  2. ioresult says

    That’s the Cratère du Nouveau-Québec! I immediately recognized it! I live in the same province! Although thousands of kilometers south of it…
    As for the spacecraft that took it, I have no idea.

  3. Tom854 says

    It is New Quebec crater.
    Picture by Google Earth?

  4. Ringman says

    Lakes and rivers on Earth, from orbit, possibly ISS or Landsat.

  5. krishna says

    its new Quebec , by landsat…:)

  6. Paul Eaton-Jones says

    My guess is Titan.

  7. TerryG says

    Nouveau-Québec by Landsat

  8. YogieOne says

    With the green patches visable (below the crater and upper left) I recon it is the most in-hospitable GOLF COURSE in Canada, or even this world.

  9. neoguru says

    Gotta be Earth (with the slim possibility of Titan). Nowhere else are there liquids on rock. Either a volcanic caldera or impact crater. I’d hazard an impact.

  10. Blad Hansen says

    This is Pingualuit Crater ( ex Chubb Crater) in Ungava, Quebec. It has a Landsat look. Maybe Landsat 7, I think.

    It is a fantastic place!

  11. Dark Gnat says

    That’s a mighty large swimming pool!

  12. Robert says

    Location: Nothern tip of Quebec, Canada
    Crater: Pingualuit Crater
    Spacecraf: Possibly Landsat 7 image taken Aug 17, 2002

  13. TerryG says

    Cool…the second guess was going to be the Gulf of Mexico.

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