Calling SOHO experts - The Sun is MIA

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posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 06:55 PM
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I have a question. I am no expert on space, however I thought soho was supposed to be of the sun, but there doesn't appear to be a sun there right now. Did someone steal the sun? They could have warned us first. Please take a look and let me know


sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov...

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posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 07:24 PM
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I checked outside...It's raining here in the desert...so I can't tell


Could be a calibration image.
Other missions use stars for navigation/positioning purposes..Could be that as well..

Space

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posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 07:32 PM
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Sorry space, but I don't understand what you are saying.


Could be a calibration image.
Other missions use stars for navigation/positioning purposes..Could be that as well..


I don't understand what any of that means.



posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 07:50 PM
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He means the camera may not be pointed at the sun right now. The sun is still there though.

sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov...




posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 07:55 PM
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no problem.

Like ancient navigators.
Nasa uses stars, to tell the orientation, and direction
of a spacecraft...Take a picture of a pattern of stars, and you immeditately know
which way your spacecraft is pointing..

FOr calibration: you may want to take a picture of "nothing" every once in a while...This will tell you how well your camera is working, if any pixels are damaged, etc......That way, if you see what you think is a spot on the Sun, you can discount it, knowing that you are actually looking at a bad pixel...

I noticed in the image that you linked, that there were some stars in it...





 
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