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Challenge: The Photodetective Game
JCandeiasDate: Friday, 07.02.2014, 22:58 | Message # 1
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OK, let's see if this works.

It's a little game of deduction. I present you an image, and the winner is the first to correctly tell me what that image represents. The images MUST come directly from Space Engine: they can be anything, but they have to be pure snapshots, without any kind of post-processing, cropping, nothing of the sort. The only change allowed is rotation. In those rare cases when the original image is over 600k, and therefore can't be put up on the forum, size can also be reduced.

The first person to deduce what goes on with the image wins. Then, he or she can post their own image for the rest of us to guess, or, if they think they don't or won't have any good image to use, he or she can say so and I'll post another one of mine. I'll also post one of mine if the previous winner takes too long (say, a couple of days) to post his image.

Let's start with one that is really, really easy. Who's the first to tell me what's going on here?


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Edited by JCandeias - Friday, 07.02.2014, 22:58
 
VoekoevakaDate: Friday, 07.02.2014, 23:03 | Message # 2
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This is a pony !



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JCandeiasDate: Friday, 07.02.2014, 23:18 | Message # 3
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Quote Voekoevaka ()
This is a pony !


It is a pony!

You could complete the information, saying it's lit by a single star shining from the upper right, and in harder challenges you'll have to, but to get this going I'll proclaim Voekoevaka, our first winner.

Your turn.





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Edited by JCandeias - Friday, 07.02.2014, 23:18
 
DeathStarDate: Friday, 07.02.2014, 23:19 | Message # 4
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This seems very fun. I am also going to participate in this.

Edited by DeathStar - Friday, 07.02.2014, 23:20
 
Destructor1701Date: Saturday, 08.02.2014, 03:22 | Message # 5
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That pony has a ridiculously bouffant mane!




 
DIS7RICTDate: Saturday, 08.02.2014, 07:41 | Message # 6
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I don't see no damn pony! Unless you mean that cloud formation in the center?




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SpyroDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 15:51 | Message # 7
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Language, please.




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Edited by Spyro - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 15:51
 
JCandeiasDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 16:11 | Message # 8
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So it seems Voekoevaka, ain't gonna, so I'm gonna.

Tell me what you think is going on here. It's also simple, but not as simple as the first one.


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Omicron314Date: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 16:20 | Message # 9
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Blue star on one side, brown dwarf on the other. The pink region is where they overlap.

I think I have a similar picture from a while back...
 
DeathStarDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 16:43 | Message # 10
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A tidally locked desert around a brown dwarf which illuminates one side, while the other is illuminated by a white dwarf. As said, the pink region, is the place where the two overlap.

The picture is taken from one of the poles of the planet, since you can see aurorae.


Edited by DeathStar - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 16:45
 
JCandeiasDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 17:13 | Message # 11
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Ah... one of you falls short, the other is not entirely correct.

Someone will have to merge something here... smile





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Tangle10Date: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 17:37 | Message # 12
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Brighter star, perhaps blue or an F class on one side, and there's a red/orange/brown dwarf on the other side. Pink is, again, where the light overlaps. It appears to be a desert, but it could be a terra or perhaps even a rather hot titan. Certainly tidally locked. Can't be too hot because its cap extends that far.




Tips for finding Earth-Like planets: Look for F, G, or K Class stars. M class habitables will almost always be tidelocked. Oceanias can, of course, also be habitable, they just have tiny amounts of land.

Edited by Tangle10 - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 17:45
 
JCandeiasDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 18:04 | Message # 13
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And the winner is Tangle10.

DeathStar, would have taken the cup had he not spoken about a white dwarf. That's just too far off. This is a desert, yes, tidally locked to a brown dwarf, yes, and yes, the picture shows high latitudes, hence the aurora, but the other star is a blue star, not a white dwarf.

White dwarfs are very low-luminosity stars. It would be hard to have one lighting the planet this strongly without being so close to the brown dwarf as to not distabilizing its orbit.

(OTOH, there's a bit of SE's unrealism here, since a blue star is hot enough to melt all that ice in the "dark" side. But since that flaw is known...)

Tangle10, it's your turn now.





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Edited by JCandeias - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 18:04
 
VoekoevakaDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 20:18 | Message # 14
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Here's my submission. Sorry for being late, I havn't found something interesting before.

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HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 20:21 | Message # 15
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Quote Voekoevaka ()
Here's my submission

It's an irregular galaxy viewed from underwater.





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