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Sun 'smiles' like a pumpkin in this NASA image


Posted on Thursday, 31 October, 2019 | Comment icon 1 comment

Even the Sun is getting involved in Halloween. Image Credit: NASA
NASA celebrated Halloween today by Tweeting this image of the Sun looking rather like a jack-o'-lantern.
The seasonally appropriate photograph, which was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite back in October 2014, shows our solar neighbor as it appears when viewed in ultraviolet light.

The 'mouth' and 'eyes' of the pumpkin-like face are active regions on the Sun's surface.

"This image blends together two sets of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths at 171 and 193 Angstroms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance," NASA wrote.
The photograph is not the only spooky image to have been posted up by the space agency this week, a few days ago NASA also released an image of a ghoulish face comprised of two colliding galaxies.

Both are good examples of pareidolia - the tendency for the human brain to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns.

Some of the space agency's staff also took part in a (mostly) space-themed pumpkin carving competition. You can check out some of their creations below.



Source: Sky News | Comments (1)


Tags: Sun, Halloween


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Comment icon #1 Posted by MissJatti on 1 November, 2019, 7:02
The sun always look like that, any given time and place.When viewed in ultraviolet light, at a certain wavelength.




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