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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, 02:30:3089,62614.0-77.1°304.1°14h 3.5m-26° 38'Hydra-49.3°
Nov 27, 02:40:3083,07413.8-78.8°313.5°14h 2.0m-26° 25'Hydra-51.4°
Nov 27, 02:50:3076,49313.6-80.2°326.1°14h 0.1m-26° 11'Hydra-53.4°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,88113.4-81.1°342.3°13h 57.9m-25° 53'Hydra-55.4°
Nov 27, 03:10:3063,23213.1-81.1°0.9°13h 55.3m-25° 33'Hydra-57.4°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,54112.9-80.2°18.7°13h 52.1m-25° 7'Hydra-59.4°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,79912.6-78.4°33.4°13h 48.1m-24° 34'Hydra-61.3°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,99312.2-75.8°44.5°13h 42.8m-23° 52'Hydra-63.2°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,10711.8-72.5°52.7°13h 35.6m-22° 52'Hydra-65.1°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,10911.2-68.0°59.0°13h 25.3m-21° 23'Virgo-66.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3021,94110.5-61.6°63.8°13h 8.9m-18° 56'Virgo-68.7°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,4789.4-51.1°67.7°12h 38.9m-14° 5'Corvus-70.3°
Nov 27, 04:30:306,578--26.3°71.2°11h 23.8m-0° 38'Leo-71.9°
Nov 27, 04:40:303,952-87.0°118.8°3h 38.6m32° 59'Perseus-73.3°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,9737.755.1°252.6°1h 15.4m18° 49'Pisces-74.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3018,3358.945.6°255.1°0h 48.7m14° 46'Pisces-75.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3025,5759.740.2°257.0°0h 37.3m12° 54'Pisces-76.2°
Nov 27, 05:20:3032,71010.236.3°258.8°0h 30.8m11° 49'Pisces-76.6°
Nov 27, 05:30:3039,76810.633.0°260.4°0h 26.7m11° 5'Pisces-76.6°
Nov 27, 05:40:3046,76811.030.1°262.0°0h 23.8m10° 35'Pisces-76.2°
Nov 27, 05:50:3053,72511.327.4°263.5°0h 21.7m10° 11'Pisces-75.6°
Nov 27, 06:00:3060,64711.624.9°265.0°0h 20.1m9° 53'Pisces-74.6°
Nov 27, 06:10:3067,54111.822.4°266.5°0h 18.8m9° 39'Pisces-73.4°
Nov 27, 06:20:3074,41212.020.0°267.9°0h 17.8m9° 27'Pisces-72.0°
Nov 27, 06:30:3081,26412.217.7°269.3°0h 17.0m9° 17'Pisces-70.5°
 

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