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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, 03:30:3086,78014.0-33.6°101.1°14h 21.1m-27° 49'Hydra-51.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3079,96713.8-31.6°102.5°14h 20.4m-27° 48'Hydra-49.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3073,12813.6-29.5°103.9°14h 19.5m-27° 46'Hydra-47.8°
Nov 27, 04:00:3066,25813.4-27.3°105.2°14h 18.4m-27° 45'Hydra-45.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3059,35213.2-25.2°106.7°14h 17.1m-27° 42'Hydra-43.9°
Nov 27, 04:20:3052,40212.9-22.9°108.1°14h 15.4m-27° 40'Hydra-42.0°
Nov 27, 04:30:3045,39712.6-20.6°109.7°14h 13.1m-27° 37'Hydra-40.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:3038,32112.2-18.2°111.3°14h 10.0m-27° 33'Hydra-38.1°
Nov 27, 04:50:3031,14611.7-15.5°113.2°14h 5.5m-27° 28'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 27, 05:00:3023,82711.0-12.3°115.4°13h 58.5m-27° 21'Hydra-34.1°
Nov 27, 05:10:3016,27610.1-8.3°118.4°13h 46.0m-27° 15'Hydra-32.2°
Nov 27, 05:20:308,3068.5-1.8°124.6°13h 15.4m-27° 38'Hydra-30.2°
Nov 27, 05:30:301,440-12.6°237.3°4h 56.8m-16° 17'Lepus-28.2°
Nov 27, 05:40:309,545--11.9°294.5°1h 22.5m10° 59'Pisces-26.3°
Nov 27, 05:50:3017,4808.8-18.3°300.5°0h 57.3m10° 34'Pisces-24.3°
Nov 27, 06:00:3024,9849.6-22.2°304.2°0h 46.3m10° 1'Pisces-22.4°
Nov 27, 06:10:3032,25010.2-25.1°307.2°0h 40.0m9° 36'Pisces-20.5°
Nov 27, 06:20:3039,36710.6-27.5°310.1°0h 36.0m9° 18'Pisces-18.5°
Nov 27, 06:30:3046,38011.0-29.6°312.8°0h 33.1m9° 5'Pisces-16.6°
Nov 27, 06:40:3053,31511.3-31.5°315.5°0h 31.1m8° 54'Pisces-14.7°
Nov 27, 06:50:3060,18911.5-33.1°318.3°0h 29.5m8° 46'Pisces-12.8°
Nov 27, 07:00:3067,01411.8-34.7°321.1°0h 28.2m8° 39'Pisces-11.0°
Nov 27, 07:10:3073,79612.0-36.1°324.0°0h 27.2m8° 34'Pisces-9.1°
Nov 27, 07:20:3080,54312.2-37.4°326.9°0h 26.4m8° 29'Pisces-7.3°
Nov 27, 07:30:3087,25812.4-38.5°329.9°0h 25.7m8° 25'Pisces-5.4°
 

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