Sometimes an unexpected smile is all it takes to turn your day around. Well, that kind of cheery surprise doesn’t get much bigger than this.
Astronomers at NASA have spotted the Sun beaming a remarkable, joyous grin, in a sunny spectacle destined to put a smile on your dial.
As shared on, this incredible image reveals the Sun looking positively radiant in more ways than one.
Of course, the ‘smile’ we see here isn’t actually a real smile. What we’re looking at are(the dark patches), where fast bursts of solar wind gush out into space, .
It just so happens – amidst all the– that two of these coronal holes kind of look like twinkling eyes, while a third uncannily resembles an exuberant smile.
What’s really going on here is the, where we imagine seeing .
It’s a trick of the mind, only this time it’s being played out on a stupendous, Sun-sized scale.
As some keen-eyed Twitter users have observed, the Sun’s visage here doesn’t only look like a smiling face.
The particular proportions of that exultant grin bear a striking similarity to the facial configuration of a certain legendary villain of Ghostbusters lore: themarshmallow man.
Is that the face of the Stay Puff marshmellow man from Ghostbusters?
— Watt on Earth Four ( it / that ) (@Watt_on_Earth4)
Yes, it really is quite the coincidence.
The phrase ‘separated at birth’ even springs to mind, even if it’s just another example of people seeing something that isn’t really there.
But even if this is just a meaningless, random confluence of, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get a laugh out of it.
So enjoy! And always try towherever you can.
Let the Sun be your shining example.