Photo from NASA satellite shows the sun was 'smiling' this week

This week, it seemed like the sun was having a good time, at least according to a NASA image.

A smile can be seen on the surface of our nearest star in a photo of it that was time-stamped Thursday morning and was obtained by a NASA spacecraft.

The happy pattern has been visible several times this week.

"These dark spots on the sun are coronal holes and are locations where rapid solar wind gushes out into space when observed in ultraviolet light."

The sun is directing a triple torrent of solar wind toward Earth, according to SpaceWeather.com. According to the website, this might cause auroras to appear here on Earth as early as Saturday.

With sensors aimed towards the sun to collect data on the sun and solar activity, the Solar Dynamics Observatory is a satellite in orbit around the Earth.

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