If you thought the super blood wolf moon was impressive, you haven’t seen what the sun can do. On Sunday (Oct. 27) NASA shared a photo on Facebook and Twitter of the sun looking a lot like a giant flaming jack-o’-lantern.
The spooky image and the resemblance of a face is the result of active regions of the sun burning more brightly than others, NASA said in some pretty impressive science talk, “They are markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona,” NASA said. “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.”
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captured on Oct. 8, 2014, is constantly monitoring the sun from its orbit in space and thought it was a good time to share the image again, “just in time for Halloween.”