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    Which moon is this?

    Can anyone say which moon/mission this image is from?

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    Looks like deer!

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    I am probably not right, but it looks a lot like Sputnik Planum, Pluto.
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    Triton? Looks cantaloupe terrainish.

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    From the location of this thread, I'm guessing it's not an astronomical photograph at all.
    To me, it looks like what we'd call a "harled" exterior wall in Scotland. No idea what it might be called in the rest of the world - you apply a lime render to the stonework, and then a layer of plaster mixed with small stones, and then paint.

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    Looks like a close up of stucco on the outside walls of my previous house.

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    An extreme closeup of someone mooning?

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    Using a bit of guesswork on size, I think the moon in the image is about 1,500 km in diameter. Best guess on what moon would have that resolution of image, Iapetus from Cassini. Your search date range would be around September of 2007.
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    Google's best guess for this image: "Wall". So I'm with Grant and Spacedude, especially considering the poster's predilictions for DIY.
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    I might have been rolled.
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    Oh good lord peeps, those are deer tracks!
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    I believe Don is correct. Tracks in the snow at any rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I believe Don is correct. Tracks in the snow at any rate.
    Ah, looking down from high above rather than horizontally from close in.
    Fair enough - I could convince myself of cloven hoof prints once I zoomed in a bit. Never seen red deer tracks as chaotic as that in Scotland, though. What on earth are they supposed to have been doing?

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    Dr. G,

    I think this site has been through a couple of small scale freeze and thaw cycles.

    The sort of thing that turns bear tracks into yeti prints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Dr. G,

    I think this site has been through a couple of small scale freeze and thaw cycles.

    The sort of thing that turns bear tracks into yeti prints.
    Yeah, but what's with the randomness? I can only talk from experience of red deer in Scotland, and they're neat little walkers. If a herd of red deer had passed through, linear tracks of individual animals would be clearly visible, and a general trend would be apparent. If those are deer tracks, they seem to have been randomly leaping around on one leg for a lot of the time.

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    Large herd gathered around a small place, like a feeder or water trough.
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    Part of my evening bed time ritual is checking up on these guys. A deer feeder cam in Iowa.

    https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/...crush-deer-cam

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    I figured that the placement of this thread would tip folks off that I was up to something, especially those who know me pretty well. A couple of guesses were headed in the right direction. The image is a moderate crop of a photo from a Facebook woodworking group, a lovely piece of quilted birdseye maple:



    The surface has been planed smooth but the illusion of texture is pretty striking. I zoomed in to get a better look at the figure and it occurred to me that it kind of resembled orbital imagery one might see from a NASA mission. I was curious to see what it would look like to others.
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    Oooh, that's nice. Yes, a really strong sense of an embossed texture, which was what pushed me towards some sort of randomly lumpy surface with a gloss finish.

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    Is that bird's eye maple?!?
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    The first time I enlarged the image, I wondered similar to but sort of
    opposite what puzzled Grant: I wondered why none of the hoofprints
    overlapped or touched. They are random, but spaced apart. With
    that many prints, some of them should have been clustered together
    if the deer weren't carefully avoiding messing up their tracks. I also
    wondered how the surface of the snow got so lumpy, and that color,
    which I guessed might have been from orangy light of a low Sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Is that bird's eye maple?!?
    It is...but I haven’t seen a piece that nice at my local shop yet.
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    I'm glad Alaska actually isn't full of one-legged hopping deer.

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    My second guess was going to be deer footprints on Enceladus .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    My second guess was going to be deer footprints on Enceladus .
    Something like Asimov's "Christmas on Ganymede", then.

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    Hmm... got rolled so hard I have rug burn.
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    Sorry, Solfe! It wasn’t my intention to roll someone just for the sake of doing so. I’d have let the guessing and related discussion go on for far longer if I had. I was just curious how other’s would interpret the image. In hindsight, though, I probably should’ve just asked something like “what is this?” rather than try to preload my own impression.
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    I still swear it looks like the north eastern version of Iapetus, with some sort of low contrast filter.
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    Perhaps that’s the imagery that seeded my impression of the photo. I’ll have to give it another look some time.
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