A strange phenomenon explained by "NASA" .. Is the sun really smiling?
Earlier this week, a NASA satellite captured a picture of a happy face pattern on the sun, leading the agency to say the sun is smiling.
The agency posted the photo on its official Twitter account, and wrote: "Today, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took a picture of the sun smiling."
The happy face appears on the sun, due to the presence of black spots, which look like twinkling eyes, while the third resembles a smile, and these dark spots, NASA said, are seen in ultraviolet light, and they are called coronal holes, which are areas where the fast solar wind flows into space
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is an agency mission aimed at tracking solar activity and space weather. The observatory's spacecraft was first launched on February 11, 2010, measuring the sun's interior, atmosphere, magnetic field, and energy output.
Despite the sun's friendly appearance, experts warn that coronal holes of this size in the sun mean there is a high probability of solar storms on Earth, according to Space Weather.
Solar storms are a variety of blasts of mass and energy from the surface of the Sun, which in turn distort the Earth's magnetic field. As a result, these storms increase the visibility of the polar lights, also known as the aurora borealis, in the northern and southern hemispheres.
For his part, the Australian ScienceAlert website said that what we see in the sun is what is known as the “Pareidolia” phenomenon, where we imagine seeing things like faces in random patterns, adding that it is just a trick of the mind that appeared on the sun, and the phenomenon of pareidolia is a phenomenon that makes your mind see faces in things. daily life, which is a very human condition related to how our brains are wired.
The phenomenon was explained by a new study conducted by Psychological Science and published by the University of New South Wales Sydney website in 2020, explaining that we process these “fake” faces using the same visual mechanisms of the brain that we do with real faces.
The study says that seeing faces in everyday objects is very common, the amazing feature of these things is that they not only resemble faces, but can also convey a sense of personality or social meaning, for example, the windows of the house may look like eyes watching you, and peppers may have a feeling Happy when you look at her.