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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, 02:30:3087,75814.1-44.4°101.2°14h 20.4m-26° 49'Hydra-67.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3080,95513.9-42.1°101.8°14h 19.9m-26° 42'Hydra-64.9°
Nov 27, 02:50:3074,12313.7-39.8°102.5°14h 19.2m-26° 34'Hydra-62.7°
Nov 27, 03:00:3067,25813.5-37.4°103.2°14h 18.4m-26° 25'Hydra-60.5°
Nov 27, 03:10:3060,35313.2-35.0°103.8°14h 17.4m-26° 14'Hydra-58.3°
Nov 27, 03:20:3053,40212.9-32.5°104.5°14h 16.1m-26° 0'Hydra-56.1°
Nov 27, 03:30:3046,39312.6-29.9°105.2°14h 14.4m-25° 42'Hydra-53.9°
Nov 27, 03:40:3039,30912.2-27.1°105.8°14h 12.1m-25° 19'Hydra-51.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3032,12311.8-24.1°106.4°14h 8.8m-24° 45'Hydra-49.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3024,78711.2-20.6°106.9°14h 4.0m-23° 52'Hydra-47.3°
Nov 27, 04:10:3017,21110.3-16.2°107.1°13h 55.8m-22° 19'Virgo-45.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:309,1848.8-9.1°106.5°13h 39.9m-18° 39'Virgo-42.9°
Nov 27, 04:30:30710-37.8°51.8°12h 2.2m46° 12'Ursa Major-40.7°
Nov 27, 04:40:308,636--4.5°293.9°0h 54.5m18° 28'Pisces-38.5°
Nov 27, 04:50:3016,6728.7-11.6°293.5°0h 40.6m14° 19'Pisces-36.4°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,2559.5-15.9°294.3°0h 34.0m12° 31'Pisces-34.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3031,59410.1-19.3°295.5°0h 30.1m11° 30'Pisces-32.0°
Nov 27, 05:20:3038,78010.6-22.2°296.8°0h 27.6m10° 49'Pisces-29.8°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,86211.0-24.7°298.3°0h 25.9m10° 21'Pisces-27.6°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,86611.3-27.1°299.9°0h 24.6m9° 59'Pisces-25.5°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,80911.5-29.4°301.7°0h 23.7m9° 43'Pisces-23.3°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,70211.8-31.5°303.5°0h 22.9m9° 30'Pisces-21.2°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,55412.0-33.6°305.4°0h 22.3m9° 19'Pisces-19.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,37112.2-35.6°307.5°0h 21.9m9° 10'Pisces-16.9°
Nov 27, 06:30:3087,15512.4-37.4°309.7°0h 21.5m9° 2'Pisces-14.8°
 

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