Where In The Universe #148

Article written: 12 May , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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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/telescope 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: The answer has now been posted below.

I admit, I too thought this was the Lights of Zetar at first glance, but then learned it is a Hubble close-up of ancient white dwarf stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Hubble peered deep into the globular star cluster M4 and was able to detect the white dwarfs which are no more luminous than a 100-watt light bulb seen at the moon’s distance from Earth. Hubble reveals a total of 75 white dwarfs in one small area within M4 out of a total of about 40,000 white dwarfs that the cluster is predicted to contain.

See more info at the HubbleSite.



15 Responses

  1. Clayton Ray says

    Studio 54?

  2. Anonymous says

    The Lights of Zetar off Memory Alpha. Spacecraft: USS Enterprise, stardate 5725.6.

  3. Daniel Ellett says

    Hubble picture of very old white dwarfs in globular cluster M4.

  4. Rob Hemmings says

    White dwarf stars in our own galaxy taken by Hubble. Pretty amazing image!

  5. Anonymous says

    Rob beat me to it.

  6. Anonymous says

    Rob beat me to it.

  7. Anonymous says

    Rob beat me to it.

  8. Anonymous says

    Definitely an Open Cluster can see back ground Galaxy’s. Maybe, Pleiades, Probably Hubble.

  9. Anonymous says

    The stars that were in the black monolith orbiting jupiter in the movie “2001”

  10. Anonymous says

    Hubble Telescope looking for white dwarfs in globular cluster M4

  11. Jon Hanford says

    I’d recognize those background galaxies anywhere! That’s M 4 (and a few of its white dwarfs are visible here, too). HST image (possibly using the retired WFPC 2 instrument?)

  12. What I saw when I fell and hit my head the other day. How did you guys ever get a picture of that?

  13. Douglas Bullis says

    NGC 6791 Lyra by the HST ASC camera in 2000; resolved question why 6Gyr and 4Gyr pops of white dwarfs could appear in an 8Gyr open cluster; answer: binary white dwarfs..

  14. Think it is taken though Hubble Space Telescope and I could not guess the exact name might be around Lyra …

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