NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured image of ‘smiling’ sun

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured image of ‘smiling’ sun

It’s been a busy week for NASA in the days leading up to Halloween. In the spirit of the season, the agency recently released a new image of the Eagle Nebula captured by the James Webb Space Telescope where the . Coincidentally, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory managed to capture an equally chilling image of the sun.

On Wednesday, the agency shared a capture of the “smiling” sun. How more than a few Twitter users were quick to point out how the star looks a in NASA’s image. There is some interesting science behind the resemblance. “Seen in ultraviolet light, these dark sunspots are known as coronal holes, and are regions where the fast solar wind gushes out into space,” according to NASA. The sun constantly sends out solar winds. At times, these geomagnetic storms have been known to destroy power here on Earth, as was the case in parts of Canada in .

This is not the first time that the Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured an interesting image of the sun. In 2016, NASA released an animation of the sun doing a . The capture was the result of a seven-hour maneuver that the SDO conducts once a year to take a precise measurement of the edge of the star.

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