NASA captures a Halloween Sun

A scorching, fiery Halloween pumpkin is revealed in an image highlighting the active regions of our Sun.

NASA captures a Halloween Sun. Credit NASA/SDO

This fiery jack o’ lantern is actually an image of our Sun captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which observes our host star as it orbits Earth.

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The active regions in the image are brighter because those areas emit more light and energy. They are actually intense magnetic fields hovering in the Sun’s corona; the outermost part of the Sun’s atmosphere.

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Observatory NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory

Release date 14 October 2014

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Image credit NASA/SDO