Where In The Universe Challenge #124

Article written: 3 Nov , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

It’s time once again for another Where In The Universe Challenge. Name where in the Universe this image was taken and give yourself extra points if you can name the telescope or spacecraft responsible for the image. Post your guesses in the comments section, and check back on later at this same post to find the answer. To make this challenge fun for everyone, please don’t include links or extensive explanations with your answer. Good luck!

And you can find the answer to last week’s WITU challenge here. (and no, it was not the view out the back window of the Enterprise as it Warps away from Kahn as he detonates the Genesis device — and neither is this one!)

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted (finally — sorry!)

This is one of the first images taken by the Very Large Telescope’s Infrared Spectrometer And Array Camera (ISAAC) instrument, way back in 1998. It is an infrared color composite of the quadruply lensed quasar system MG0414+0534. At the center is galaxy at redshift z = 0.96 which is responsible for the four (of which two are not completely resolved) gravitationally lensed images of a z = 2.64 quasar plus a faint arc.

See more about the image on the ESO website.

14 Responses

  1. jbuz says

    UFO sighting? photo taken by Unnamed Alien Seeker

  2. Tim McDaniel says

    “.. it was not the view out the back window of the Enterprise as it Warps away from Kahn as he detonates the Genesis device — and neither is this one!”

    No, this is a view in infrared OF the back of the Enterprise as it warps away etc. The largest source are the doors of the shuttle bay, the two smaller bright spots are the back of the warp nacelles, and if you squint, you can see the dim saucer section. I don’t suppose I can post URLs of similar pictures, including a poster for the recent movie named “Star Trek”.

    (I apologize, Nancy.)

  3. Manu says

    A gravitational mirage somewhere very, very far away.

  4. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    It is similar to the Einstein cross. a gravitational lens. However, I can’t find it. I have the what, but not the where.


  5. shifty says

    As it looks to me its a triangular UFO spotted in Belgium in the year 1989ish

  6. Mister T says

    wasn’t this picture recently in wituc??

    I guessed the business end of the shuttle.

    Somebody check the archives.

    This time I’l go with:

    That’s no Moon!!

    Turn the ship around!!

  7. BillGawne says

    Triple Quasar including LBQS 1429-008. Keck telescope image.

  8. Qev says

    It is gravitationally lensed quasar MG0414+0534, as imaged by the ISAAC instrument on the VLT UT1 telescope.

  9. c_cld says

    quasar HE1113-0641 found to be a quadruple gravitational lensed redshift = 1.235
    observations with the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory, and subsequently with the Hubble Space Telescope

  10. Editor57 says

    Einstein Cross and more than likely it is a greatly enlarged view of the Hubble photo. also it is flipped from the normal view we see on APOD

  11. Jon Hanford says

    An IR color composite image of the quadruply-lensed QSO MG0414+0534 taken with the 8.2m VLT “ANTU” ‘scope.

  12. meteoricide says

    That is a shuttle during booster separation phase of launch … taken from a KSC pad camera most likely

  13. kammueller says

    Looks like a shuttle launch to me as well.

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