Photos: Sun emits jack-o’-lantern face

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Photos: Sun emits jack-o’-lantern face

By Natalie Crofts | Posted - Oct. 14, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The sun is getting into the Halloween spirit, according to NASA.

Photos taken Oct. 8 from the Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the active areas on the sun coming together to create the appearance of a jack-o’-lantern’s face, according to NASA’s Goddard Space Center.

“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,” a post by the Goddard Space Flight Center reads.

“(The first) image blends together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 angstroms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.”

Additional photos show the “face” in varying types of ultraviolet light.


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