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