'Smiling' Sun Images From Space

‘Smiling’ Sun Images From Space

This week, a Nasa satellite photographed what looked to be a joyful face pattern on the sun, leading the US space agency to declare that the sun was “smiling.”

On Wednesday, the organisation tweeted the image: “Today, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the sun “smiling.” These shadowy areas on the sun, known as coronal holes when viewed in ultraviolet light, are places where fast solar wind blasts out into space.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory aims to learn more about how solar activity develops and influences space weather. The observatory’s spacecraft, launched on February 11, 2010, measures the sun’s interior, atmosphere, magnetic field, and energy output.

Since its publication, Nasa’s photo has received a flood of internet comments. Many people compare it to a carved Halloween pumpkin, a lion, and the sun from the kids’ television programme Teletubbies. Is that the Stay Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters? A user asked in response.

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Another person compared the sun to BN Mini chocolate cookies, which also have happy faces. Despite the sun’s appearance of friendliness, researchers caution that its coronal holes may indicate a solar storm that will reach Earth on Saturday. A triple torrent of solar wind is being emitted toward Earth, according to Spaceweather.com.

Mass and energy eruptions bend the planet’s magnetic field from the solar surface, known as solar storms. The polar lights, also known as auroras, become more visible due to these storms in both the northern and southern hemispheres.