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

Pablo Tucker
October 28, 2019

Three days until Halloween, and NASA is reminding everyone by sharing an image of the sun doing its best impression of a jack-o-lantern.

It should be mentioned that this spooky image of the sun was captured on October 8, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun at all times from its orbit in space.


"Even our star celebrates the spooky season", NASA writes on Facebook. "Active regions on the Sun created this jack-o'-lantern face, as seen in ultraviolet light by our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite".

NASA said that a spooky combination of colours resembling the face was the result of active regions of the Sun emitting more light than others while indicating a complex combination of magnetic fields fluctuating in the star's atmosphere.


Taking to Facebook, NASA shared the image with its 1.4 million fans, offering a free download of the celestial snapshot.

The image is a blend of two extreme ultraviolet wavelengths that are typically colourized in gold and yellow, NASA said. There are two space suits, one of them is the prototype of the Orion Crew Survival Suit which is specifically designed for the launch and re-entry into space.


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