October 12, 2014

Even the Sun is in the Halloween Spirit!

Photo credit: NASA/SDO

This is the sun doing it's imitation of a jack-o-lantern captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, 2014. This satellite was launched by NASA in 2010 to observe and increase our understanding of the sun. The areas that are brighter are where emissions of light and energy are stronger and are "markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona." (Fox, Karen NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

Sure, you can scoff and say this is pareidolia, the human brain wanting to see something of significance in random patterns, but I would say you are vapid and a killjoy.

Go to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for some other cool images seen in different wavelengths, like this:

Photo credit: NASA/SDO

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