Pumpkin sun: NASA shares image of jack-o’-lantern sun

Katie Ramirez
October 29, 2019

With the spooky season upon us, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a photo of the sun's 2014 Halloween look on social media. Meanwhile, the Solar Dynamics Observatory is still hard at work, beaming new images of the Sun back down to Earth where scientists study and monitor the star. The face is the result of active regions of the sun that burn more intensely than others, NASA said.

The image blends together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 angstroms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance. This image uses ultraviolet light to reveal active regions on the star's surface, and in this case it looks a whole lot like a big, grinning face.

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The SDO satellite was officially launched by NASA in 2010 with the main mission of observing the Sun. The haunting image was first captured in 2014 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory from its space orbit, where it watches the sun at all times. There are many people who believe that super blood wolf moon is one of the most chilling phenomena, but everyone should see the image that NASA shared as it resembled a flaming jack-o'-lantern.

NASA provided a link to download a high-res image to help make your holiday a little more spooky.

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