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Solar Orbiter Flyby

On November 27 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 27, 15:30:30
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 27, 13:30:3078,44413.650.0°271.2°13h 55.5m-24° 53'Hydra73.4°
Nov 27, 13:40:3072,05213.446.9°269.8°13h 51.6m-24° 26'Hydra72.0°
Nov 27, 13:50:3065,66813.243.7°268.5°13h 47.1m-23° 52'Hydra70.5°
Nov 27, 14:00:3059,29312.940.2°267.2°13h 41.6m-23° 11'Hydra68.8°
Nov 27, 14:10:3052,93312.636.4°266.0°13h 35.0m-22° 18'Virgo67.1°
Nov 27, 14:20:3046,59712.332.1°264.9°13h 26.7m-21° 10'Virgo65.3°
Nov 27, 14:30:3040,30211.927.1°263.7°13h 16.0m-19° 37'Virgo63.4°
Nov 27, 14:40:3034,07911.421.0°262.6°13h 1.8m-17° 26'Virgo61.5°
Nov 27, 14:50:3027,99510.913.2°261.5°12h 41.8m-14° 10'Corvus59.5°
Nov 27, 15:00:3022,20410.22.1°260.5°12h 11.9m-8° 54'Virgo57.5°
Nov 27, 15:10:3017,0809.4-15.0°259.5°11h 23.5m0° 12'Leo55.5°
Nov 27, 15:20:3013,5678.6-43.1°258.7°9h 58.6m15° 39'Leo53.5°
Nov 27, 15:30:3013,094--82.3°260.4°7h 32.6m32° 53'Gemini51.5°
Nov 27, 15:40:3015,543--62.5°74.9°4h 50.9m36° 54'Auriga49.5°
Nov 27, 15:50:3019,9728.9-40.1°74.0°3h 13.4m32° 28'Perseus47.4°
Nov 27, 16:00:3025,3979.4-26.0°72.7°2h 21.8m27° 50'Triangulum45.4°
Nov 27, 16:10:3031,2659.9-16.5°71.3°1h 51.8m24° 21'Aries43.3°
Nov 27, 16:20:3037,34310.4-9.4°69.8°1h 32.6m21° 49'Pisces41.2°
Nov 27, 16:30:3043,52810.7-3.9°68.3°1h 19.2m19° 56'Pisces39.2°
Nov 27, 16:40:3049,77111.00.8°66.7°1h 9.4m18° 28'Pisces37.1°
Nov 27, 16:50:3056,04911.34.8°65.0°1h 1.8m17° 20'Pisces35.1°
Nov 27, 17:00:3062,34611.58.3°63.3°0h 55.9m16° 24'Pisces33.0°
Nov 27, 17:10:3068,65711.811.5°61.6°0h 51.0m15° 38'Pisces31.0°
Nov 27, 17:20:3074,97712.014.5°59.7°0h 47.0m15° 0'Pisces28.9°
Nov 27, 17:30:3081,30412.217.2°57.8°0h 43.6m14° 27'Pisces26.9°
 

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