Satellite image taken by NASA shows a pattern that forms a happy face on the Sun. The effect is caused by so-called “coronal holes”.
Earlier this week, a NASA satellite captured an image of the Sun with what looks like a happy face, leading the US space agency to share the unusual phenomenon, caused by “coronal holes”, areas with spots dark.
“Today NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the ‘smiling’ Sun in space,” the agency wrote of the discovery of the unmanned probe that studies processes on the Sun. Launched for the first time on February 11, 2010, the satellite measures the star’s interior, atmosphere, magnetic field and energy production.
Since it was posted, the NASA photo has garnered a lot of reactions online, with many netizens comparing the image to a carved Halloween pumpkin, a lion and the sun featured on the children’s show Teletubbies.