Just in time for Halloween, NASA has posted a photo of the sun that looks like a massive flaming jack-o’-lantern.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shot the photo earlier this month.
The fiery slits in the image reveal the most active parts 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.