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Solar Orbiter Flyby

On November 26 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 26, 20:30:30
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 26, 18:30:3088,36713.9-52.2°268.6°13h 55.7m-27° 1'Hydra-21.8°
Nov 26, 18:40:3081,94113.7-54.7°270.7°13h 53.4m-26° 47'Hydra-23.8°
Nov 26, 18:50:3075,49413.5-57.2°273.0°13h 50.6m-26° 31'Hydra-25.9°
Nov 26, 19:00:3069,02213.3-59.9°275.8°13h 47.3m-26° 12'Hydra-27.9°
Nov 26, 19:10:3062,52313.0-62.6°279.2°13h 43.4m-25° 49'Hydra-30.0°
Nov 26, 19:20:3055,99312.8-65.3°283.5°13h 38.7m-25° 20'Hydra-32.0°
Nov 26, 19:30:3049,42712.4-68.2°289.3°13h 32.7m-24° 43'Hydra-34.1°
Nov 26, 19:40:3042,82012.1-71.1°297.6°13h 25.1m-23° 54'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 26, 19:50:3036,16211.6-73.9°310.9°13h 14.7m-22° 46'Hydra-38.2°
Nov 26, 20:00:3029,44511.1-75.6°332.9°12h 59.9m-21° 3'Virgo-40.3°
Nov 26, 20:10:3022,65210.4-74.1°4.5°12h 37.0m-18° 13'Corvus-42.4°
Nov 26, 20:20:3015,7649.4-65.2°34.2°11h 56.2m-12° 45'Crater-44.4°
Nov 26, 20:30:308,897--40.0°55.9°10h 24.8m-0° 12'Sextans-46.5°
Nov 26, 20:40:305,632-28.5°80.4°5h 52.9m22° 55'Taurus-48.5°
Nov 26, 20:50:3010,4627.570.5°132.1°2h 23.4m20° 1'Aries-50.6°
Nov 26, 21:00:3017,1778.771.9°184.7°1h 26.1m15° 56'Pisces-52.6°
Nov 26, 21:10:3024,0879.567.8°206.6°1h 2.2m13° 49'Pisces-54.7°
Nov 26, 21:20:3030,99910.164.2°217.6°0h 49.1m12° 33'Pisces-56.7°
Nov 26, 21:30:3037,88510.561.0°224.6°0h 40.8m11° 43'Pisces-58.7°
Nov 26, 21:40:3044,74110.958.1°229.9°0h 35.1m11° 7'Pisces-60.7°
Nov 26, 21:50:3051,57311.255.5°234.1°0h 31.0m10° 40'Pisces-62.6°
Nov 26, 22:00:3058,38411.553.0°237.6°0h 27.8m10° 19'Pisces-64.5°
Nov 26, 22:10:3065,17811.750.5°240.8°0h 25.3m10° 2'Pisces-66.4°
Nov 26, 22:20:3071,95811.948.2°243.5°0h 23.3m9° 48'Pisces-68.2°
Nov 26, 22:30:3078,72712.145.9°246.1°0h 21.7m9° 37'Pisces-69.9°
 

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