These images of the sun were captured by the NASA back in 2014, and they reveal the sun in all its scary and menacing glory.
The incredible ball of plasma which is our home star assumed an ominous smile that eerily resembled the one of a jack-o’-lantern.
The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), one of the sun-staring spacecraft that collect data about the bright star, captured this image just before the Halloween a couple of years ago. The active regions on the sun lined up to form a smirking Jack-o’-lantern face.
In the official statement released by the space agency, NASA said:
“The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.”
The space observatory captured the sun in extreme UV, UV, and the other wavelengths to observe the atmosphere of the shining sun in finer details. You can view these images below:
Keeping track of the activity of the sun allows the NASA researchers to predict the space weather including dangerous conditions like the hot plasma and solar particle bursts heading toward the Earth. Such conditions are a significant threat to the satellites orbiting the Earth as well as the power grids.
NASA updates the SDO website daily with the new photos documenting how the sun is changing each day. See the recent images filmed by SDO here:
SDO was launched in 2010 and is well-known for capturing high-resolution pictures of the sun.