Here’s this week’s image for the Where In The Universe Challenge, to test your visual knowledge of the cosmos. 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 spacecraft or instrument responsible for the image. We’ll provide the image today, but won’t reveal the answer until later. 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: Answer is now posted below:
This dusty little galaxy is the Small Magellanic Cloud, as seen in infrared, taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. In this image you can see stars and dust that haven’t been visible before Spitzer’s infrared eyes took a glance. The Small Magellanic Cloud is a nearby satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, approximately 200,000 light-years away.
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For more info on this image, see the Spitzer website.