NASA Photo Appears To Show The Sun As A Jack-O-Lantern
The official NASA Sun Science Facebook page posted the photo along with a message that read:
Even our star celebrates the spooky season — in 2014, active regions on the Sun created this jack-o'-lantern face, as seen in ultraviolet light by our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite. ☀️ Download in high resolution just in time for Halloween: http://go.nasa.gov/1P1AG84
The NASA website went into a lot more detail about why the sun appeared in this fashion:
Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. The image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun at all times from its orbit in space.
The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. This image blends together two sets of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths at 171 and 193 Ångströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.
This is just another reason to love science. Apparently even the cosmos is getting in the spirit of Halloween.