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iFire
2004-Nov-19, 08:39 PM
I was looking at images of SOHO's orbit and noticed that it seems to just orbit in a circle around what seems to be just about nothing.... what is it orbiting and how does it follow its orbit?

Laser Jock
2004-Nov-19, 08:43 PM
Look here. (http://solar-center.stanford.edu/FAQ/QL1.html)

Wolverine
2004-Nov-19, 08:57 PM
And/or here (http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/explore/faq.html#SOHO_ORBIT).

tlbs101
2004-Nov-20, 10:02 PM
Thanks for those links.

As much as I did know about SOHO; it never dawned on me why they would have to orbit the L1 point. Sometimes I would wonder (in the "back" of my mind) why they just didn't park it on L1 and keep station.

I read the 2nd link and #-o .

iFire
2004-Nov-23, 01:52 PM
Yea, thanks for the links. Just the orbit is so funky. It just looks like the spacecraft is orbiting... nothing. :o