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Opportunities for collaborative science with Solar Orbiter
This page outlines how the orbital configurations of STEREO and Solar
Orbiter can contribute to collaborative science between the two missions.
The remote sensing instruments on Solar Orbiter primarily operate during
three 10-day windows each orbit, with one window coincident with perihelion,
and the other two aligned with the period when the spacecraft is at maximum
North or South heliographic latitude. However, the scheduling of these three
windowss is flexible, and can be adjusted to maximize the scientific data
return. For the purpose of this analysis, we have examined the cases with
nominal observing window placement. Along with these three observing windows
each orbit, we also examine encounters with the planets Venus and Earth used to
shape Solar Orbiter's orbit.
Unlike Parker Solar Probe, the remote sensing telescopes aboard Solar
Orbiter are designed to image the source regions of the in situ material
sampled by the spacecraft. Telescopic data from STEREO, when combined with
those from Solar Orbiter, can give a stereoscopic view of these source
regions. Also, it should be noted that the in situ instruments on Solar
Orbiter will be operating throughout its orbit, and STEREO observations can
be useful during these times as well.
Other connections can also be explored through the
STEREO Orbit Tool.
Maximum Heliographic Latitude
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