NASA Releases Jack-o-Lantern Image of the Sun for Halloween

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NASA released a special image of the sun to celebrate Halloween. As you can see in the image, the solar flare patterns lend themselves to looking like a jack-o-lantern. The bright patterns represent higher light and energy. According to NASA:

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.

NASA released this picture of the sun which resembles a jack-o-lantern.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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