People across Africa and Asia marvelled at the solar eclipse that took place on 21 June. At the same time it was being recorded from orbit – by ESA’s Sun-watching Proba-2. The small satellite is demonstrating new space technologies but also hosts scientific instruments to monitor the Sun and space weather. SOHO has never had the opportunity to witness a solar eclipse because it operates 1.5 million km from Earth in order to give it an uninterrupted view of the Sun. Proba-2 by comparison is in Earth orbit a scant 720 km away, giving the satellite a high probability of crossing the band of an eclipse as one occurs.