Faces of the sun

PHOTOS: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY, REUTERS

The International Space Station flying in front of the sun as seen from Budapest, Hungary, early last Saturday; a Nasa handout highlights flaring, active regions of the sun in an image combining observations from several telescopes; a solar halo in the sky above Kathmandu last Wednesday. This weather phenomenon creates rainbows around the sun. The halo is formed by the reflection of ice crystals.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2015, with the headline 'Faces of the sun'. Print Edition | Subscribe