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NASA Releases Haunting Images of the Sun

Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. 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. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

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The sun as imaged by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, 2014 in 304 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/SDO)

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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. (NASA/GSFC/SDO)

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The sun as imaged by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, 2014 in 193 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/SDO)

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The sun as imaged by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, 2014 in 171 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/SDO)

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The sun as imaged by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 8, 2014 in 335 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/SDO)

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