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Here’s What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Space

As they orbited the earth, a satellite and an astronaut captured another side of the sun’s disappearing act

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Friday morning’s solar eclipse was visible to much of Europe. But there was another place with great views and a slightly different perspective—space. 

The European Space Agency’s Proba-2 minisatellite captured the eclipse from orbit using its SWAP camera, which combines an extreme ultraviolet telescope and high-tech pixel sensor technology to observe the sun and its corona.

Meanwhile, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti spotted the eclipse from the International Space Station:

These rare glimpses of a solar eclipse from space are only fitting for a rare astronomical event. The solar eclipse actually combined three celestial events: a total eclipse, a supermoon, and the spring equinox.

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