Where In The Universe Challenge #152

Article written: 29 Sep , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

Here’s a new 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.

The answer for the previous WITU challenge can be found here.

UPDATE: The answer has been posted below.

This is a a near-infrared image of lower-level clouds on the night side of Venus, taken by the Galileo spacecraft’s Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, taken as the spacecraft flew by Venus on February 10, 1990, as it was wending its way towards Jupiter. You can learn more about his image at JPL’s Photojournal.

23 Responses

  1. Matt Burns says

    My first thought was that it was the Neptune Infrared that was taken a few days back, but I don’t think it’s that, so I’m going to go with an Infrared pic of Venus.

  2. Astro nomi says


  3. Marcin Wieczorek says

    Venus as seen from Galileo probe.

  4. Anonymous says

    titan rise behind saturn, by galileo?

  5. PolishBear says

    I have to chime in with most others: When I looked at the photo for a few moments, my first thought was an infrared image of Venus.

  6. Anonymous says

    Neptune. Voyager 2.

  7. Anonymous says

    Neptune, Voyager 2.

  8. Agris Brauns says

    Venus from Galileo

  9. dfoosdc says

    Venus in infrared from Galileo spacecraft taken in July 2006

  10. hunterz85 says

    False color image of Venus’ clouds as imaged by the NIMS instrument on Galileo.


    P.S : i did Google Image Search 🙂

  11. Anonymous says

    That is Nibiru The Brown Dwarf Star Our Sun’s Companion Dark Twin, It has seven orbiting Planets and is what the New Film Melancholia is about. It Was discovered in 1983 by Iras the infrared astronomical satellite. There are more articles about it in Science Magazines that date back to 1961 I think 1972 also and many more years up to 1984. Governments have known since the 1920’s or 1930’s.

  12. Checkers Crossfox says

    Pretty sure that’s Venus taken from the Galileo spacecraft as it did a fly-by.

  13. Anonymous says

    It IS the …multi-millenia old Chinese legend …alive.

  14. vonrikter says

    David Morrison NASA Space Scientist – Explains this and more . . .

  15. Anonymous says

    Venus for sure,and IR also, however I had no idea as to the platform/satelite that took the photo! Dredging up a 20year+ photo is just a bit sneaky in my opinion.

  16. Anonymous says

    What. This is not Comet Elenin (oops, I mean brown dwarf Elenin) just as it passed behind the Moon (before it reportedly broke up)?

    I’m just devastated. Devastated!


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