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SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA to study the Sun, from its deep core to the outer corona, and the solar wind. 

TRACE, the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer, is a NASA Small Explorer satellite to help us understand the Sun's active outer layers, by imaging the hot solar corona at unprecedented resolution in the optical and ultraviolet spectra.


Photo: Composite of SOHO & TRACE Satelites.

SOHO & TRACE is a leg of
Around the World in 80 Telescopes tour:

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Next stop: STEREO (previous stop: NRAO GBT)

SOHO carries a suite of 12 complementary scientific instruments, including UV and EUV imagers and spectrometers, coronagraphs, solar wind and energetic particle detectors, helioseismology instruments, and a total solar irradiance monitor. It focuses on the visible to extreme ultra-violet light spectrum.  SOHO was launched on 2 December 1995.

TRACE's orbit enables uninterrupted viewing of regions on the Sun for up to two weeks, thus showing us how the Sun's magnetic field evolves.

SOHO & TRACE are used in tandem to study the Sun.


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SOHO & TRACE - Overview Last Updated on 2009-09-10 00:00:00 SOHO and TRACE are two observatory projects working closely together to study aspects of our Sun and by extension stars through-out the universe. Main control and observation work is centered at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The SOlar and Heliospheric Observer / Observatory (SOHO) is a ESA-NASA spacecraft to observe the sun and its corona over a full solar cycle. The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar. SOHO Illustration. Click image for larger view. (Source: NASA.) SOHO was launched on... More »