Heliospheric Remote Sensing Using the Zodiacal Light Photometers of the Helios Spacecraft

  1. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  2. J. L. Burch and
  3. R. L. Moore
  1. B.V. Jackson

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM054p0287

Solar System Plasma Physics

Solar System Plasma Physics

How to Cite

Jackson, B.V. (1989) Heliospheric Remote Sensing Using the Zodiacal Light Photometers of the Helios Spacecraft, in Solar System Plasma Physics (eds J. H. Waite, J. L. Burch and R. L. Moore), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM054p0287

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1989

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900742

Online ISBN: 9781118664315

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Keywords:

  • Space plasmas;
  • Sun;
  • Magnetosphere;
  • Astrophysics

Summary

Our technique of remote sensing a large portion of the heliosphere using the Helios spacecraft zodiacal light photometers has shown that it is possible to measure the large-scale plasma structures around a spacecraft by electron Thomson scattering. The features observed include coronal mass ejections, corotating density enhancements, shock waves, and any other disturbances that can affect the intensity of the electron-scattered coronal brightness. In addition, it is possible to observe comet gas and dust to the brightness level of the background variations of the electron density. The Helios data show that it is possible to make good measurements of material in and out of the ecliptic plane and to determine the velocities and spatial distributions of the large-scale features which propagate into the heliosphere.