Adorable ‘smiling’ sun could batter Earth with geomagnetic storms this weekend

Three dark coronal holes make the sun appear as though it

They say that when you smile, the world smiles with you. And when the sun smiles, the world gets bathed in plasma barf.

Such is the unfortunate subtext of an adorable new image of our closest star, which seems to be smiling down upon us with a joyful chibi grin. Snapped on Oct. 26 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (a satellite that has been recording solar activity since February 2010), the image shows three distinct, dark splotches in the sun’s atmosphere that resemble a pair of button eyes and a cheery triangular mouth.

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