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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, 04:30:30
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, 02:30:3083,71113.7-4.6°233.5°13h 54.2m-22° 44'Hydra17.3°
Nov 27, 02:40:3077,35913.5-7.0°231.6°13h 51.4m-22° 8'Virgo15.5°
Nov 27, 02:50:3071,00013.3-9.5°229.6°13h 48.2m-21° 25'Virgo13.7°
Nov 27, 03:00:3064,63513.1-12.1°227.5°13h 44.4m-20° 33'Virgo11.9°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,26512.8-14.9°225.3°13h 39.9m-19° 30'Virgo10.1°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,89512.5-18.1°222.8°13h 34.4m-18° 10'Virgo8.4°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,53212.2-21.6°220.1°13h 27.4m-16° 26'Virgo6.6°
Nov 27, 03:40:3039,19211.8-25.9°216.9°13h 18.4m-14° 8'Virgo4.9°
Nov 27, 03:50:3032,90611.3-31.2°213.0°13h 6.2m-10° 52'Virgo3.2°
Nov 27, 04:00:3026,74210.7-38.3°207.6°12h 48.6m-6° 0'Virgo1.6°
Nov 27, 04:10:3020,86010.0-48.6°198.4°12h 21.3m1° 56'Virgo-0.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,6719.1-64.0°174.3°11h 32.6m15° 56'Leo-1.7°
Nov 27, 04:30:3012,142--66.0°84.6°9h 46.2m39° 41'Leo Minor-3.3°
Nov 27, 04:40:3012,059--31.3°41.0°5h 45.2m55° 49'Auriga-4.8°
Nov 27, 04:50:3015,8088.4-4.3°25.8°2h 47.8m45° 58'Perseus-6.4°
Nov 27, 05:00:3021,3339.110.0°16.8°1h 45.1m35° 52'Andromeda-7.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3027,4949.717.9°10.0°1h 16.7m29° 30'Pisces-9.3°
Nov 27, 05:20:3033,90210.222.6°4.3°1h 0.8m25° 22'Pisces-10.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3040,42010.625.6°359.3°0h 50.5m22° 31'Andromeda-12.1°
Nov 27, 05:40:3046,99211.027.5°354.8°0h 43.4m20° 26'Pisces-13.4°
Nov 27, 05:50:3053,59011.228.7°350.6°0h 38.2m18° 52'Pisces-14.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3060,20411.529.4°346.6°0h 34.2m17° 38'Pisces-16.0°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,82611.729.7°342.8°0h 31.0m16° 39'Pisces-17.1°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,45312.029.8°339.2°0h 28.4m15° 50'Pisces-18.3°
Nov 27, 06:30:3080,08412.229.5°335.7°0h 26.3m15° 9'Pisces-19.4°
 

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