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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, 02:30:3088,86613.9-59.7°286.9°13h 58.9m-27° 19'Hydra-31.5°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,38613.7-61.8°290.6°13h 56.8m-27° 7'Hydra-33.4°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,88213.5-63.8°294.7°13h 54.3m-26° 55'Hydra-35.3°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,35113.3-65.8°299.7°13h 51.4m-26° 39'Hydra-37.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,78913.1-67.7°305.6°13h 48.0m-26° 20'Hydra-39.0°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,19112.8-69.5°313.0°13h 43.7m-25° 57'Hydra-40.9°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,55112.5-71.0°322.3°13h 38.4m-25° 28'Hydra-42.8°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,86012.1-72.1°334.2°13h 31.4m-24° 49'Hydra-44.6°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,10511.7-72.4°349.0°13h 22.0m-23° 54'Hydra-46.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,26611.1-71.2°6.5°13h 8.5m-22° 31'Virgo-48.3°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,31010.4-67.3°25.2°12h 47.2m-20° 14'Corvus-50.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,1719.4-58.1°43.6°12h 8.4m-15° 44'Corvus-51.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,883--33.8°63.2°10h 35.4m-4° 51'Sextans-53.6°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,838-43.6°104.2°5h 9.1m18° 47'Taurus-55.3°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6167.664.8°184.7°1h 59.4m16° 7'Aries-57.0°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,6298.858.8°211.2°1h 13.7m13° 23'Pisces-58.6°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,6799.554.3°221.7°0h 54.3m11° 58'Pisces-60.2°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,67910.150.8°228.0°0h 43.5m11° 6'Pisces-61.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,62810.647.9°232.6°0h 36.7m10° 32'Pisces-63.1°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,53410.945.3°236.4°0h 32.0m10° 7'Pisces-64.5°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,40511.242.9°239.6°0h 28.5m9° 48'Pisces-65.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,25011.540.7°242.5°0h 25.8m9° 33'Pisces-66.8°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,07211.838.5°245.2°0h 23.7m9° 21'Pisces-67.8°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,87712.036.4°247.6°0h 22.0m9° 11'Pisces-68.6°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,66712.234.3°249.9°0h 20.7m9° 2'Pisces-69.2°
 

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