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
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:
Orbital sunrise and the #SolarEclipse... could it go any better?/ (IT) Alba ed eclissi... potrebbe andare meglio? pic.twitter.com/BpneQwvY9i— Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) March 20, 2015
I think this is it: the umbra. Looking aft on our flightpath around maximum obscuration time. #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/rYz7UTpHLv— Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) March 20, 2015
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.