Friday, December 28th 2012, 6:37 PM EST
As the supposed end of the world passed, Nasa engineers took a photo of the sun – and were stunned to find it appeared to be winking at them.
The image, which actually reveals sunspots caused by intense magnetic activity, was taken on December 22, just a few minutes after the Mayan doomsday prophecy proved to be wrong.
Taken by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, it has echoes of the famous image from the 1902 French film A Trip To The Moon, which is regarded as the first science fiction movie.
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