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NASA Reveals The Sun's Terrifying Jack-O'-Lantern Face For Halloween

13/10/2014 09:32 BST | Updated 31/10/2016 14:44 GMT

NASA has unveiled a menacing new image of the Sun which shows our star pulling a face that more than a little resembles that of 'jack-o-lantern'.

The image was captured on Wednesday by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and highlights only the highly active regions of the sun's surface.

By sheer coincidence the observatory was able to take the picture just as the sun was pulling its most terrifying face.

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NASA explains what causes the spooky snapshot saying:

"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."