Despite all the crazy solar fluctuations, two of these coronal holes look like twinkling eyes, while a third bears an uncanny resemblance to an exuberant smile.
It's a phenomenon known as pareidolia, in which we imagine seeing random patterns in things like faces.
It's a mind trick, but this time it's on a massive scale.
Twitter users have noticed that the Sun's visage here isn't just a smile.
The particular proportions of that exultant grin bear a striking similarity to the facial configuration of a certain legendary villain of Ghostbusters lore: the Stay Puft marshmallow man.
Say cheese! 📸— NASA Sun, Space & Scream 🎃 (@NASASun) October 26, 2022
Today, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the Sun "smiling." Seen in ultraviolet light, these dark patches on the Sun are known as coronal holes and are regions where fast solar wind gushes out into space. pic.twitter.com/hVRXaN7Z31
The coincidence is quite amazing.
It doesn't matter if this is just a meaningless, random confluence of mysterious solar physics, we should still laugh about it.
Have fun! Look for the positives in life wherever you can.
Be like the Sun and shine brightly.
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