Just when we think we’ve seen it all, something new comes along that surprises us again. It happens very often with the photographs and videos that come to us from universe. Especially since he james webb space telescope capture and send images detailed images ever captured, in a mission that since July has been changing our way of seeing the cosmos. The observatory has shown us nebulae, dying stars and colliding galaxies. The hubble telescope It doesn’t lag behind either. In fact, in March she showed Earendel, the farthest star discovered to date. Now the POT He amazes us again with another spectacular and unprecedented image: that of the Sun ‘smiling’.
The smile of the Sun is not new: we have the habit, especially children, of painting a happy face in the middle of the star king when we draw it on a paper. But that is fiction. Now, albeit fortuitously, it is real: the Solar Dynamics Observatory NASA captured the sun ‘smiling’ on Thursday.
Happy face in a fortuitous way: they are coronal holes
We say that it is accidental because the telescope, launched in February 2010 with the sole mission of studying the sun king, analyzed with ultraviolet light the calls coronal foramina of the sun. These areas appear and disappear on the sun surface constantly
They are characterized by having lower temperatures and densities than those around them, where the solar wind also gushes out into space and that is why they are seen dark, reported the space agency through a tweet.
On Thursday it happened that they formed a smiley face and NASA shared that adorable and cute snapshot in the social media saying ‘Say cheese’ (smile, in English). The truth is that not only does she get it, but we have ‘melted’ to see her.
Is it a pumpkin? A lion? it’s a sun storm
Many Twitter users have compared the image to a pumpkin carved from Hallowe’en or a Lion. with some acquaintances chocolate cookies who have a happy face and even with the sun that appeared in the children’s program ‘teletubbiesor the villain marshmallow man of the’The Ghostbusters‘.
Say cheese! 📸
Today, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the Sun «smiling.» Viewed in ultraviolet light, these dark patches on the Sun are known as coronal holes and are regions where the fast solar wind shoots out into space. pic.twitter.com/hVRXaN7Z31
— NASA Sun and Space (@NASASun) October 26, 2022
Despite her sweet and chewy appearance, the coronal holes do not appear by chance. They are usually the index of a solar storm and this time will be no different: the waves of solar wind Y cosmic radiationthree times stronger than normal, they will hit the Earth this Saturday, different specialized media report.
Is that the face of the marshmallow man Stay Puff from Ghostbusters? pic.twitter.com/NKpAqMrWDU
— Watt on Earth Four (it/it) (@Watt_on_Earth4) October 27, 2022