Synoptic maps of heliospheric Thomson scattering brightness from 1974-1985 as observed by the Helios photometersWe display the electron Thomson scattering intensity of the inner heliosphere as observed by the zodiacal light photometers on board the Helios spacecraft in the form of synoptic maps. The technique extrapolates the brightness information from each photometer sector near the Sun and constructs a latitude/longitude map at a given solar height. These data are unique in that they give a determination of heliospheric structures out of the ecliptic above the primary region of solar wind acceleration. The spatial extent of bright, co-rotating heliospheric structures is readily observed in the data north and south of the ecliptic plane where the Helios photometer coverage is most complete. Because the technique has been used on the complete Helios data set from 1974 to 1985, we observe the change in our synoptic maps with solar cycle. Bright structures are concentrated near the heliospheric equator at solar minimum, while at solar maximum bright structures are found at far higher heliographic latitudes. A comparison of these maps with other forms of synoptic data are shown for two available intervals.
Hick, P. (California Univ. La Jolla; Applied Research Corp., Landover, MD, United States)
Jackson, B. V. (California Univ. La Jolla, United States)
Schwenn, R. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: Solar Wind Seven; Proceedings of the 3rd COSPAR Colloquium, Goslar, Germany, Sept. 16-20, 1991 (A93-33554 13-92)