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NASA releases a spooky image of the sun on Halloween,

On Halloween, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a photo of a'solar jack-o-lantern' on Instagram.

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NASA announced on Instagram that its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been monitoring the sun since October 2014

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, and that the image of the 'jack-o-lantern' captured in October 2014 'gets its ghoulish grin from active regions on the Sun

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, which emit more light and energy than the surrounding dark areas.'

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"Since 2010, the SDO has kept a constant eye on the Sun, recording phenomena such as solar flares and coronal loops.

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It measures the Sun's interior, atmosphere, magnetic field, and energy output, which aids in our understanding of our nearest star, according to NASA.

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