simple question - can someone please clarify the difference between these two orbits? i recall arthur c clarke's original concept for communication satellites in what i believe he called geosynchronous orbit such that the satellite(s) would remain over a single fixed point on earth's surface, which in his discussion indicated an orbital height of 22,000 miles. yesterday, i looked up geosynchronous orbit, and found that it was at an orbital height of 26,000 miles and was apparently some type of elliptical orbit. the article then went on to differentiate geosynchronous from geo-stable, which was a circular orbit at 22,000 miles. now i am a tad confused - can you please clarify? thanks.