This 'smiling sun' optical illusion is guaranteed to brighten your day

A photograph of the sun appearing to smile
(Image credit: Nasa/Future)

Just when we think we've seen every kind of optical illusion possible, another mind-bending/blowing/frying example comes along. And this delightful offering comes courtesy of none other the the sun itself. 

The official NASA Twitter account has shared an image of the sun appearing to smile. It's all thanks to dark patches on the sun called coronal holes, regions where "fast solar wind gushes out into space" (presumably after the sun has eaten a large curry). And yep, it really does look like the sun is giving us a good old grin. Maybe the 'Sun With Face emoji' isn't so cartoonish after all. For more awesome examples, take a look at the best optical illusions of all time.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).