John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
This guy looks like he'd eat the Man in the Moon for breakfast.
Everyone knows about the "Man in the Moon." Few realize there is another man trapped in the sun, and that he is furious and terrible to behold.
A NASA space probe caught a rare glimpse of the agonized prisoner last week, peering from his hellish confinement with fire-spewing eyes and a demented leer. Take a look, if you dare:
The space agency says about the image:
Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. The image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun at all times from its orbit in space.
The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are 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 extreme ultraviolet wavelengths at 171 and 193 Ångströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.
For parents who want to frighten their children in high resolution, NASA has also posted this large-format series of the tortured sun seen through various filters. Here are a couple of them: