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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, 05:30:30
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, 03:30:3085,33714.0-19.5°117.2°14h 25.0m-25° 24'Hydra-44.1°
Nov 27, 03:40:3078,47713.9-17.2°116.6°14h 24.7m-25° 11'Hydra-41.9°
Nov 27, 03:50:3071,59113.7-14.9°116.0°14h 24.3m-24° 55'Libra-39.7°
Nov 27, 04:00:3064,67413.4-12.6°115.4°14h 23.7m-24° 37'Libra-37.5°
Nov 27, 04:10:3057,72313.2-10.2°114.7°14h 23.0m-24° 13'Libra-35.3°
Nov 27, 04:20:3050,72812.9-7.7°114.1°14h 22.1m-23° 44'Libra-33.0°
Nov 27, 04:30:3043,68112.6-5.2°113.3°14h 20.9m-23° 5'Hydra-30.8°
Nov 27, 04:40:3036,56712.1-2.5°112.3°14h 19.2m-22° 11'Virgo-28.5°
Nov 27, 04:50:3029,36211.60.4°111.0°14h 16.8m-20° 51'Virgo-26.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3022,02911.03.6°108.8°14h 13.1m-18° 37'Virgo-23.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3014,50910.07.6°104.4°14h 7.0m-14° 7'Virgo-21.6°
Nov 27, 05:20:306,7858.013.2°89.6°13h 55.8m0° 30'Virgo-19.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:303,821--10.2°339.0°1h 12.2m66° 38'Cassiopeia-17.0°
Nov 27, 05:40:3011,682--28.3°304.0°0h 56.6m29° 23'Pisces-14.7°
Nov 27, 05:50:3019,4729.0-35.4°296.8°0h 44.4m21° 27'Pisces-12.4°
Nov 27, 06:00:3026,9199.8-40.2°293.8°0h 37.9m17° 51'Pisces-10.0°
Nov 27, 06:10:3034,16310.3-43.9°292.4°0h 34.0m15° 47'Pisces-7.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3041,27310.7-47.2°291.7°0h 31.4m14° 25'Pisces-5.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3048,28711.1-50.3°291.5°0h 29.6m13° 27'Pisces-3.1°
Nov 27, 06:40:3055,22811.3-53.1°291.8°0h 28.2m12° 43'Pisces-0.7°
Nov 27, 06:50:3062,11111.6-55.9°292.3°0h 27.2m12° 10'Pisces1.6°
Nov 27, 07:00:3068,94511.8-58.5°293.1°0h 26.3m11° 43'Pisces3.9°
Nov 27, 07:10:3075,73712.0-61.1°294.3°0h 25.7m11° 21'Pisces6.3°
Nov 27, 07:20:3082,49212.2-63.6°295.8°0h 25.2m11° 2'Pisces8.6°
Nov 27, 07:30:3089,21412.4-66.1°297.8°0h 24.7m10° 47'Pisces10.9°
 

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