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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, 02:30:3088,69713.9-57.0°283.7°13h 58.2m-27° 23'Hydra-28.7°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,22813.7-59.1°287.0°13h 56.0m-27° 12'Hydra-30.5°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,73713.5-61.2°290.8°13h 53.4m-26° 59'Hydra-32.4°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,21913.3-63.3°295.2°13h 50.4m-26° 44'Hydra-34.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,67213.1-65.3°300.5°13h 46.8m-26° 26'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,09012.8-67.3°306.9°13h 42.4m-26° 2'Hydra-38.0°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,46812.5-69.1°315.1°13h 36.8m-25° 33'Hydra-39.8°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,79712.1-70.6°325.8°13h 29.6m-24° 54'Hydra-41.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,06611.7-71.4°339.7°13h 19.8m-23° 59'Hydra-43.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,25711.1-71.0°357.4°13h 5.8m-22° 36'Virgo-45.4°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,34110.4-67.8°17.9°12h 43.7m-20° 17'Corvus-47.2°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,2669.4-59.1°39.1°12h 3.6m-15° 45'Corvus-49.0°
Nov 27, 04:30:308,104--35.1°61.1°10h 28.5m-4° 56'Sextans-50.7°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,083-38.2°100.9°5h 18.0m17° 29'Taurus-52.5°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6387.664.1°172.0°2h 6.7m15° 55'Aries-54.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,5738.860.1°202.0°1h 18.0m13° 20'Pisces-55.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,5849.556.1°214.3°0h 57.3m11° 57'Pisces-57.5°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,55610.152.9°221.7°0h 45.8m11° 6'Pisces-59.1°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,48310.550.1°227.0°0h 38.5m10° 31'Pisces-60.7°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,37010.947.7°231.3°0h 33.4m10° 6'Pisces-62.1°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,22611.245.4°234.9°0h 29.7m9° 48'Pisces-63.5°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,05511.543.2°238.1°0h 26.8m9° 33'Pisces-64.8°
Nov 27, 06:10:3065,86511.741.1°241.0°0h 24.6m9° 21'Pisces-65.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,65712.039.0°243.7°0h 22.8m9° 11'Pisces-66.9°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,43512.236.9°246.2°0h 21.3m9° 3'Pisces-67.8°
 

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