Where In The Universe Challenge #143

Article written: 6 Apr , 2011
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!

UPDATE: The answer is now posted below.

This trillobite-like feature showed up on a magnetic map of emerging sunspot 10926 recorded by the Hinode spacecraft in Dec. 2006. You can download a 5MB movie of the formation of this sunspot at this link. The picture, and the movie, are a magnetogram—a dynamic map tracing the sunspot’s intense magnetism. Black represents negative (S) polarity, and white represents positive (N).

Scientists said they had never seen anything like this kind of feature before. Read more about it on the [email protected] website.

19 Responses

  1. J. Major says

    I’m going to guess – and it is a guess! – that this is the Sun, and the spacecraft responsible is SDO. ?

  2. Sili says


  3. Devin Null says

    Ditto on Sun and SDO.

  4. Devin Null says

    To be even more specific, SDO’s Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) took this picture.

  5. Nephish777 says

    The sun is a good possibility, but I am going with Titian by Cassini

  6. jasonrdavis says

    I like the Sun on this one.. and my first guess was SOHO. Then I read the comments and realized SDO made more sense.

  7. vossinakis says

    Looks like a solar magnetogram

  8. Tim McDaniel says

    It’s a picture of my home shower stall. I’m thinking I should scrub it. And buy new locks, obviously.

  9. ScottieD says

    Magnetic map of the Trilobite sunspot by Hinode.

  10. Rick7425 says

    Sunspot 10926 recorded by Hinode in Dec. 2006

  11. BillGawne says

    Trilobite sunspot, Hinode (Solar-B) mission, time-lapse magnetogram, Dec. 2006.

  12. I’m going to go out on a limb, and say it’s a radar image from Magellan of coranae on Venus.

  13. Danny wuvs Kittens says

    I’m going to say its ganymede

  14. neoguru says

    I’m gonna go with Venus too, but I’m not confident. Reading the comments I’m inclined to think it’s the sun.

  15. sukhoi4700 says

    Thought Mercury at first but reading the comments sure its SUN. The dark patches on the left are sunspots

  16. Tramman says

    Our garden path; b****y seagulls!

  17. santafedog says

    I go with sunspots but it has been filtered. It looks so much like the sunspot pics that were in universe a day or two ago comparing a few years ago with this year, but with color.

  18. mastercope says

    radar from Titan lakes and not sure about bright spots maybe fresh ice dark are liquid filled, lets call them lakes. Cassini Mission

  19. J. Major says

    HEE NOH DAYYYYY!!!! *shakes fist*

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