NASA share picture of the sun resembling a jack-o-lantern

NASA has shared a remarkable image of the sun during an eruption of solar flares, which makes our star look like a Halloween jack-o-lantern.

The photo of the sun was allegedly taken way back in 2014 but has been reposted by the space agency in the run-up to the October weekend. The picture in question was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite and showed several visible flares ultraviolet light from the star’s most active regions.

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The photo was uploaded to NASA’s official Twitter and Facebook pages, and was followed by the caption:

“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. ☀️🎃🛰 [sic]”

Credit: NASA

NASA Spokesperson said:

“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.”

They said: “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? ngströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.”

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