New Delhi: Halloween is just round the corner and the air is getting nippier as the days go by, thereby providing a superb backdrop for the spooky celebrations.
NASA, not one to miss out on traditions, has already begun to prepare for the festivities in its own way.
In the typical NASA way, the American space agency shared an image of a solar jack-o'-lantern! Yes! Since jack-o'-lanterns are a popular symbol of Halloween and the closest thing to it in space is the sun, NASA didn't waste any time to make it look like one!
An image captured on October 8, 2014, active regions on the sun gave it the appearance of a jack-o'-lantern.
As per NASA, 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. This 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.