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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, 02:30:3079,50713.836.0°147.4°14h 16.2m-28° 54'Hydra21.2°
Nov 27, 02:40:3072,77213.637.5°150.2°14h 13.8m-28° 56'Hydra23.2°
Nov 27, 02:50:3066,02813.339.0°153.3°14h 10.9m-28° 58'Hydra25.2°
Nov 27, 03:00:3059,27413.140.3°156.7°14h 7.4m-29° 1'Hydra27.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3052,50912.841.5°160.6°14h 3.0m-29° 4'Hydra29.2°
Nov 27, 03:20:3045,72812.442.6°165.0°13h 57.2m-29° 6'Hydra31.1°
Nov 27, 03:30:3038,93012.043.5°170.2°13h 49.3m-29° 7'Hydra32.9°
Nov 27, 03:40:3032,11611.544.1°176.6°13h 38.2m-29° 7'Hydra34.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3025,29510.944.1°184.8°13h 21.0m-29° 1'Hydra36.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3018,51110.142.7°196.7°12h 51.4m-28° 34'Hydra38.2°
Nov 27, 04:10:3011,9818.836.8°216.1°11h 49.4m-26° 33'Hydra39.8°
Nov 27, 04:20:307,0777.110.0°251.5°9h 8.5m-14° 22'Hydra41.4°
Nov 27, 04:30:308,848--39.8°300.6°5h 6.6m11° 2'Orion42.9°
Nov 27, 04:40:3015,066--56.9°343.3°3h 4.5m15° 4'Aries44.3°
Nov 27, 04:50:3021,7169.1-58.5°11.6°2h 12.2m14° 9'Aries45.7°
Nov 27, 05:00:3028,3719.8-56.4°28.2°1h 44.9m13° 8'Pisces46.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3034,98310.2-53.5°38.5°1h 28.1m12° 21'Pisces48.0°
Nov 27, 05:20:3041,55010.6-50.5°45.5°1h 16.8m11° 45'Pisces49.0°
Nov 27, 05:30:3048,07311.0-47.6°50.7°1h 8.6m11° 18'Pisces49.9°
Nov 27, 05:40:3054,55811.3-44.7°54.7°1h 2.4m10° 57'Pisces50.7°
Nov 27, 05:50:3061,00911.5-41.9°58.0°0h 57.4m10° 39'Pisces51.3°
Nov 27, 06:00:3067,42911.7-39.1°60.7°0h 53.5m10° 25'Pisces51.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,82311.9-36.4°63.1°0h 50.2m10° 13'Pisces52.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,19412.1-33.8°65.1°0h 47.4m10° 3'Pisces52.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,54312.3-31.1°66.9°0h 45.0m9° 54'Pisces52.2°
 

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