Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults. Do you know Halloween isn’t just celebrated on planet Earth, but also on Sun. NASA’s latest photo shows the resembling a flaming jack-o’-lantern.
On the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, NASA shared a photo of the sun’s 2014 Halloween look on Twitter and it is easy to spot the similarities between the star at the centre of the Solar System and a pumpkin.
In a tweet, the US space agency said, “No, that’s not a fiery jack-o’-lantern ðŸ”¥ðŸÅ½ƒ. It’s the Sun! Our @NASASun Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this ultraviolet image in 2014, showing active regions on our home star. #Halloween19.”
No, that’s not a fiery jack-o’-lantern ðŸ”¥ðŸÅ½ƒ. It’s the Sun!— NASA (@NASA) October 28, 2019
Our @NASASun Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this ultraviolet image in 2014, showing active regions on our home star. #Halloween19
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On Twitter, the photo was liked by more than 6,000 times and retweeted by nearly 2,000 users. Twitteratis have also have expressed their amazement at the sun’s resemblance to a jack-o’-lantern.
Take a look at some comments from Twitter users:
Love what you did there. pic.twitter.com/faEiSo6qso— Will Priestly . (@WillDiva24) October 28, 2019
Even the sun is getting into the spirit of the season lmao— Ty (@NewYorkBound99) October 28, 2019
Isn’t the glowing parts in the “Picture” is somewhat cooler than the rest of the suns surface?!— Elijah D. Morgan (@Mane_071) October 28, 2019
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Hauntingly beautiful, actually!— MALL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (@MALLOFTHEUSA) October 28, 2019
Meanwhile, in a statement, NASA said, “On October 8, 2014, active regions on the sun gave it the appearance of a jack-o'-lantern. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.”
“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.” The US space agency explained.