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NASA posts photo of Jack o’lantern-like Sun just in time for Halloween

The solar system gets spooky, too.
On October 8, 2014, active regions on the sun gave it the appearance of a jack-o'-lantern. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. [NASA]
On October 8, 2014, active regions on the sun gave it the appearance of a jack-o'-lantern. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. [NASA]
Published Oct. 28

Not to be outdone by the Super Blood Wolf Moon, our solar system’s center star apparently gets in on spooky season, too.

Space agency NASA Sunday released an image of the Sun looking remarkably like a flaming Jack o’lantern. The image was actually captured on Oct. 8. 2014, but re-released through Facebook.

Even our star celebrates the spooky season — in 2014, active regions on the Sun created this jack-o'-lantern face, as...

Posted by NASA Sun Science on Sunday, October 27, 2019

The image shows active regions of the sun captured in ultraviolet light by the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite. It combines two sets of ultraviolet wavelength, typically colored in yellow and gold, to create the Halloween-like appearance. The fiery image comes thanks to some active and intense magnetic fields.

“The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy,” NASA wrote. “They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.”

NASA also posted photos of the same image in different wave lengths for some other striking colors. Like an icy blue that makes you feel like the Night King is coming.

The sun as imaged by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 8, 2014, in 335 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light. [NASA]

NASA is encouraging the public to visit its website and download high resolution versions of the image.

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