NASA Captures Coronal Holes Causing Smiling Face On The Sun

NASA Captures Coronal Holes Causing Smiling Face On The Sun

The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, may be visible tonight in Scotland due to the coronal holes on the sun’s surface that are blasting solar wind toward Earth.

After one of their satellites photographed patterns on the sun’s surface that appeared to depict a joyful face, NASA posted an image of the sun appearing to “smile.”

The photos were shared on social media by the US space agency with the caption: “The sun was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory “laughing.” These shadowy areas on the Sun, known as coronal holes when viewed in ultraviolet light, are places where quick solar wind blasts out into space.”

People compared the Teletubbies baby, the Ghostbusters Stay Puff marshmallow man, a biscuit, a lion, and a pumpkin to a variety of figures and items.

“If Teletubbies choose an actual sun, this would be it,” one user commented on Twitter.

Another person remarked, “Seems like all those little kids sketching a cheerful sun in preschool were onto something,”

In order to better understand how solar activity is produced and how it affects space weather, NASA built the Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2010.

The observatory spacecraft takes measurements of the sun’s magnetic field, atmosphere, interior, and production of radiation.

The smiley face was created by holes in the sun’s atmosphere, but, which tracks all types of space weather, warned that it was “spewing a triple stream of solar wind toward Earth” and that it was “no laughing matter.”

It stated that Saturday might be the day the auroras are first observed.

When the sun emits massive bursts of energy in the form of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, it creates a solar storm.

About three million miles per hour of electrical charges and magnetic fields are sent toward the Earth by these occurrences.

Although it may sound a little frightening, the outcome will be more beautiful than apocalyptic.

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere, and the southern lights, also known as the aurora australis, in the southern hemisphere, are caused when a solar storm approaches Earth and interferes with the planet’s magnetic field.

This Halloween weekend, portions of Scotland may be treated to a light show because of the phenomena, which can occasionally be observed south of the Arctic Circle. Saturday night is an excellent time to see it because of the bright sky.

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