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Sun Says Happy Halloween With Big Jack-o-Lantern Face

[node:summary]The sun goes trick-or-treating by posing as a Jack-o-Lantern in this Halloween photo from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
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Snoopy might be waiting interminably for that Great Pumpkin in the sky, but then again, maybe this time it has finally appeared.

On October 8, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured the sun doing its very own jack-o-lantern impression.

“The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy,” said NASA in its writeup describing the eerily evocative photo. “They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. This image blends together two sets of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths at 171 and 193 Ångströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.”

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