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Solar Orbiter Flyby

On November 26 2021, the interplanetary probe Solar Orbiter will fly past the Earth. The Earth will give it a "gravity assist" and put it on a trajectory to reach Venus where it will receive a further assist. If you know where to look and live in the right part of the world, you will have a chance to see it through binoculars or a telescope.

Flyby data
Time of closest approachNov 26, 23:30:30
Distance of closest approach6,833 km
Speed at closest approach15.139 km/s
Speed at infinity (rel. to Earth)10.607 km/s

Flyby Overview

Ground Track

Position Table

Click on a table row to load a finder chart corresponding to that time, or alternatively, you can go straight to a finder chart for a time near closest approach by clicking here.

Time Distance (km) Brightness Altitude Azimuth Right ascension Declination Constellation Sun altitude
Nov 26, 21:30:3089,04014.0-62.7°194.9°14h 4.4m-24° 5'Hydra-45.1°
Nov 26, 21:40:3082,49513.8-63.7°189.5°14h 3.0m-23° 41'Hydra-47.2°
Nov 26, 21:50:3075,92213.6-64.5°183.6°14h 1.5m-23° 12'Hydra-49.2°
Nov 26, 22:00:3069,31913.4-65.1°177.2°13h 59.6m-22° 38'Hydra-51.2°
Nov 26, 22:10:3062,68113.1-65.4°170.3°13h 57.4m-21° 57'Virgo-53.1°
Nov 26, 22:20:3056,00512.9-65.5°162.9°13h 54.7m-21° 6'Virgo-55.0°
Nov 26, 22:30:3049,28512.6-65.3°154.9°13h 51.3m-20° 1'Virgo-56.8°
Nov 26, 22:40:3042,51212.2-64.7°146.3°13h 46.9m-18° 35'Virgo-58.5°
Nov 26, 22:50:3035,67711.8-63.7°136.7°13h 40.9m-16° 36'Virgo-60.1°
Nov 26, 23:00:3028,76511.2-62.1°125.4°13h 32.4m-13° 38'Virgo-61.5°
Nov 26, 23:10:3021,75710.5-59.1°111.2°13h 19.2m-8° 41'Virgo-62.9°
Nov 26, 23:20:3014,6419.4-52.7°91.0°12h 55.8m1° 14'Virgo-64.0°
Nov 26, 23:30:307,782--33.3°56.5°12h 4.5m28° 56'Ursa Major-65.0°
Nov 26, 23:40:306,397-17.7°355.1°2h 50.5m69° 25'Cassiopeia-65.8°
Nov 26, 23:50:3012,3138.032.1°317.2°0h 50.7m36° 48'Andromeda-66.3°
Nov 27, 00:00:3019,3339.031.6°302.9°0h 33.7m26° 7'Andromeda-66.6°
Nov 27, 00:10:3026,4419.729.4°296.0°0h 26.4m21° 10'Pisces-66.7°
Nov 27, 00:20:3033,52210.326.8°291.9°0h 22.2m18° 19'Pisces-66.4°
Nov 27, 00:30:3040,56310.724.2°289.3°0h 19.6m16° 27'Pisces-66.0°
Nov 27, 00:40:3047,56811.021.6°287.4°0h 17.7m15° 8'Pisces-65.3°
Nov 27, 00:50:3054,54011.319.1°285.9°0h 16.4m14° 10'Pisces-64.4°
Nov 27, 01:00:3061,48611.616.5°284.8°0h 15.4m13° 24'Pisces-63.3°
Nov 27, 01:10:3068,40911.813.9°283.9°0h 14.7m12° 48'Pisces-62.0°
Nov 27, 01:20:3075,31412.111.4°283.1°0h 14.1m12° 18'Pisces-60.6°
Nov 27, 01:30:3082,20112.28.9°282.5°0h 13.6m11° 54'Pisces-59.0°
 

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