Where In The Universe Challenge #147

Article written: 4 May , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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It’s time once more 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 has now been posted below.

This is Earth, showing a huge ocean of sand called the the Grand Erg Oriental (Eastern Sand Sea) in Algeria. It was taken by an astronaut on board the International Space Station in December 11, 2004, with a Kodak 760C digital camera with a 400 mm lens. See more images like this at the Astronaut Photography from Space website.



9 Responses

  1. burkedc says

    Ummmm….. not sure. I think maybe a “desert” on Mars?

  2. Member
    IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE says

    It’s the dunes of the GRAND ERG ORIENTAL in the Algerian desert, photographed by an Expedition 10 crewmember on the International Space Station (ISS).

  3. I was going to suggest dunes in the Namibian desert but I’ll go with IVAN3MAN’s answer. It definitely looks like something here on Earth!

  4. Ringman says

    Ok, I’ve defiantly seen this picture somewhere before, but I can’t remember where.
    I think it’s sand dunes on… Earth?

  5. Torgeir says

    Could it be by STEREO Ahead satellite, i.e. the Sun!
    See bottom of http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/sunearthsystem/main/News080210-cme.html
    for a “similar” picture
    Plasma ejection?

  6. Torgeir says

    Sigh…. I included a link 🙁

  7. AlienAbducter says

    Your earth will look like this after we invade if you dont surrender now.

  8. santafedog says

    a tongue after a long, hard day and a glass of red wine.

  9. Rick7425 says

    GRAND ERG ORIENTAL, DUNES – ALGERIA

    PS: DO NOT LIKE THE NEW “DISQUS”, PLEASE REMOVE IT!

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