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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, 02:30:3088,89013.9-60.1°288.3°13h 59.1m-27° 20'Hydra-32.1°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,40613.7-62.1°292.0°13h 57.0m-27° 9'Hydra-34.0°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,89913.5-64.1°296.3°13h 54.6m-26° 56'Hydra-35.8°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,36413.3-66.1°301.4°13h 51.7m-26° 41'Hydra-37.7°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,79913.1-67.9°307.6°13h 48.2m-26° 22'Hydra-39.6°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,19712.8-69.6°315.1°13h 44.0m-25° 59'Hydra-41.4°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,55312.5-71.0°324.5°13h 38.7m-25° 30'Hydra-43.3°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,85712.1-72.0°336.4°13h 31.8m-24° 52'Hydra-45.1°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,09611.7-72.2°351.1°13h 22.5m-23° 57'Hydra-46.9°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,25011.1-70.8°8.2°13h 9.0m-22° 36'Virgo-48.7°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,28510.4-66.9°26.3°12h 47.8m-20° 20'Corvus-50.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,1319.4-57.6°44.3°12h 9.2m-15° 54'Corvus-52.2°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,820--33.4°63.7°10h 36.0m-5° 7'Sextans-54.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,802-44.5°106.1°5h 5.9m18° 32'Taurus-55.6°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6377.664.1°187.0°1h 58.1m15° 54'Aries-57.3°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,6658.858.0°212.4°1h 13.0m13° 15'Pisces-58.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7239.653.5°222.5°0h 53.9m11° 52'Pisces-60.4°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,72710.150.0°228.6°0h 43.2m11° 2'Pisces-61.9°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,67910.647.2°233.1°0h 36.5m10° 28'Pisces-63.3°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,58710.944.6°236.8°0h 31.8m10° 3'Pisces-64.6°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,46111.242.2°240.1°0h 28.3m9° 45'Pisces-65.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,30711.539.9°242.9°0h 25.7m9° 30'Pisces-66.8°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,13111.837.8°245.6°0h 23.6m9° 18'Pisces-67.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,93712.035.7°248.0°0h 22.0m9° 9'Pisces-68.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,72812.233.6°250.3°0h 20.6m9° 0'Pisces-69.0°
 

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