NASA photographs a ‘smiling’ sun
NASA satellite captures an image of the sun with coronal holes that make it look like a Halloween pumpkin, a lion and more.
A NASA satellite has captured an image of the sun that appears to be smiling with its eyes and mouth turned up.
The agency tweeted the image, which was taken last week, with the caption: “Today, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the ‘smiling’ sun.” they are regions where the sun accelerates. The wind flows into space.”
The Solar Dynamics Observatory, a division of NASA, is an agency that aims to investigate how solar activity creates and drives space weather. Launched on February 11, 2010, the observatory uses its spacecraft to measure the sun’s interior, atmosphere, magnetic field and energy output.
Since the photo was posted online, many users have compared the image of the smiling sun to carved Halloween pumpkins, a lion, the Stay Puf[t] marshmallow man from Ghostbusters, and the popular sun character from the children’s show Teletubbies.
However, experts have raised concerns that holes in the sun’s corona are a sign of a solar storm hitting Earth, The Guardian reports. Spaceweather.com also captioned the photo with the warning: “Glamour…impacting a triple stream of solar wind toward Earth.”
Solar storms are a variety of explosions of mass and energy from the Sun’s surface, which distort the Earth’s magnetic field.
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