The European Space Agency’s Proba-2 space weather satellite observed the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. The event was used to assess the intensity of stormy “active regions” across the sun’s face and to check the performance of Proba-2′. ESA/ROB

This image, taken by the sun-watching Hinode satellite, was taken two minutes after the start of the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. JAXA/Hinode

This image taken by the Hinode satellite shows the annular solar eclipse at its maximum on May 20, 2012. JAXA/Hinode