Happy Holidays from SOHO (November 30, 2004)
Hi-res TIF (2.6M)
While it has become something of an annual holiday tradition around
here to find some recent solar image in the holiday spirit, we did not
really think it would be possible to continue that. But in fact, a
very "sunny" face did come around on Nov. 25 this year, and it was just
too good an opportunity to pass up (even it is a little early in the
season). What you are really seeing are active regions and magnetic
loops on the Sun that can be seen as a face. The dark area near the ear
is a coronal hole. (Only the mouth area was enhanced with a little
contrast.) Thanks to everyone for their support for the SOHO mission
and our Weekly Pick. The image was taken in extreme ultraviolet light
by the EIT instrument.
SOHO began its Weekly Pick some time after sending a weekly image or video clip to the American Museum of Natural History (Rose Center) in New York City. There, the SOHO Weekly Pick is displayed with some annotations on a large plasma display.
If your institution would also like to receive the same Weekly Pick from us for display (usually in Photoshop or QuickTime format), please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.