Where In The Universe Challenge #149

Article written: 15 Jun , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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We’re back! Where In The Universe took a little vacation, and thanks to everyone who wrote in to say they missed their weekly WITU.

You remember what to do, right? 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.

Remember, we’ll take suggestions for future WITU’s — just send Nancy an email

UPDATE: The answer is now posted below.

We didn’t fool too many people that this was perhaps a HiRISE image from Mars. It actually is Ar Rub al Khali Sand Sea, in the Arabian Peninsula and it was photographed by an Expedition 27 crew member on the International Space Station. The Ar Rub al Khali, also known as the “Empty Quarter”, is a large region of sand dunes and interdune flats known as a sand sea (or erg).

You can see a larger version of it on the Marshall Space Flight Center Flickr page.



11 Responses

  1. William Sparrow says

    Mars sand dunes, MRO.

  2. Anonymous says

    In looking at pictures of Rub ‘al Khali dunes from space that appears likely. So I second Anna’s conclusion.

    LC

  3. Anonymous says

    It almost seems like water between the “dunes”. I throw in that this could be a picture of the tideland while the moon has its grasps on the seas.

  4. Anonymous says

    My face before I wash it.

  5. Anonymous says

    Rub’ al Khali sand dunes by Tera

  6. The stucco wall next to my patio.

  7. Jack Shyba says

    The inside of my oven. How did you get into my house?!?

  8. Kitty Atwood says

    Earth desert? The Space Shuttle?

  9. William Sparrow says

    Nancy, Are we ever going to receive an answer, or is this feature in the process of being discontinued? I’ve always enjoyed these.

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