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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, 23:30:30
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, 21:30:3089,57914.0-75.4°5.9°14h 7.3m-27° 6'Hydra-57.9°
Nov 26, 21:40:3082,96713.8-74.9°15.6°14h 5.9m-26° 57'Hydra-59.5°
Nov 26, 21:50:3076,32513.6-74.0°24.6°14h 4.3m-26° 46'Hydra-61.0°
Nov 26, 22:00:3069,65013.4-72.7°32.8°14h 2.5m-26° 33'Hydra-62.4°
Nov 26, 22:10:3062,93813.2-71.1°40.1°14h 0.2m-26° 18'Hydra-63.8°
Nov 26, 22:20:3056,18012.9-69.2°46.6°13h 57.4m-26° 0'Hydra-65.0°
Nov 26, 22:30:3049,36912.6-67.0°52.3°13h 53.8m-25° 36'Hydra-66.2°
Nov 26, 22:40:3042,48912.2-64.4°57.4°13h 49.1m-25° 5'Hydra-67.2°
Nov 26, 22:50:3035,51911.8-61.2°62.1°13h 42.6m-24° 22'Hydra-68.0°
Nov 26, 23:00:3028,42311.2-57.2°66.4°13h 33.2m-23° 18'Hydra-68.7°
Nov 26, 23:10:3021,13010.5-51.6°70.7°13h 18.0m-21° 30'Virgo-69.1°
Nov 26, 23:20:3013,4819.3-42.4°75.5°12h 49.2m-17° 55'Corvus-69.4°
Nov 26, 23:30:305,271--18.8°83.5°11h 27.7m-7° 36'Crater-69.5°
Nov 26, 23:40:304,355-57.8°238.1°2h 28.6m20° 31'Aries-69.3°
Nov 26, 23:50:3011,9758.037.0°255.0°1h 3.4m14° 5'Pisces-68.9°
Nov 27, 00:00:3019,4539.130.2°258.9°0h 43.8m12° 1'Pisces-68.4°
Nov 27, 00:10:3026,7449.826.0°261.5°0h 34.8m10° 58'Pisces-67.6°
Nov 27, 00:20:3033,90810.322.8°263.7°0h 29.5m10° 19'Pisces-66.7°
Nov 27, 00:30:3040,98310.720.0°265.6°0h 26.1m9° 52'Pisces-65.6°
Nov 27, 00:40:3047,99411.117.4°267.5°0h 23.6m9° 33'Pisces-64.4°
Nov 27, 00:50:3054,95511.415.1°269.3°0h 21.9m9° 18'Pisces-63.1°
Nov 27, 01:00:3061,87711.612.8°271.0°0h 20.5m9° 6'Pisces-61.7°
Nov 27, 01:10:3068,76711.910.6°272.7°0h 19.4m8° 57'Pisces-60.2°
Nov 27, 01:20:3075,63012.18.5°274.4°0h 18.6m8° 49'Pisces-58.7°
Nov 27, 01:30:3082,47112.36.4°276.1°0h 17.9m8° 42'Pisces-57.1°
 

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