When NASA’s Parker Solar Probe flew close by the sun, telescopes were watching from Earth and space

Telescopes on Earth and in space had the sun safely in their sights when NASA’s Parker Solar Probe made its 11th daring close flyby of the star on Feb. 25, all to understand more about the sun’s behavior.

To be clear, the Parker Solar Probe wasn’t directly visible in the various instruments, as the van-sized spacecraft was too small for the telescopes to pick out. But what the long-distance view did provide is valuable context for what the spacecraft saw close up, from as close as 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers) from the sun’s surface, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) said in a statement.