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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, 03:30:3086,66614.0-32.5°100.5°14h 20.6m-28° 6'Hydra-48.8°
Nov 27, 03:40:3079,86113.8-30.5°102.0°14h 19.8m-28° 6'Hydra-47.0°
Nov 27, 03:50:3073,03013.6-28.5°103.6°14h 18.8m-28° 6'Hydra-45.2°
Nov 27, 04:00:3066,16913.4-26.5°105.2°14h 17.6m-28° 6'Hydra-43.3°
Nov 27, 04:10:3059,27213.2-24.4°106.9°14h 16.1m-28° 6'Hydra-41.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:3052,33312.9-22.3°108.6°14h 14.2m-28° 6'Hydra-39.6°
Nov 27, 04:30:3045,33912.5-20.1°110.4°14h 11.6m-28° 7'Hydra-37.8°
Nov 27, 04:40:3038,27612.1-17.8°112.3°14h 8.2m-28° 7'Hydra-35.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3031,11611.7-15.2°114.5°14h 3.2m-28° 9'Hydra-34.1°
Nov 27, 05:00:3023,81711.0-12.3°117.2°13h 55.3m-28° 14'Hydra-32.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3016,29310.1-8.5°121.1°13h 41.0m-28° 29'Hydra-30.4°
Nov 27, 05:20:308,3838.4-2.5°129.3°13h 4.9m-29° 52'Hydra-28.5°
Nov 27, 05:30:301,857-6.4°231.2°5h 13.5m-22° 58'Lepus-26.6°
Nov 27, 05:40:309,571--12.1°294.2°1h 30.7m9° 1'Pisces-24.8°
Nov 27, 05:50:3017,4528.8-18.1°301.9°1h 1.9m9° 31'Pisces-23.0°
Nov 27, 06:00:3024,9269.6-21.7°306.4°0h 49.5m9° 17'Pisces-21.1°
Nov 27, 06:10:3032,16910.2-24.4°309.9°0h 42.5m9° 3'Pisces-19.3°
Nov 27, 06:20:3039,26510.6-26.6°313.1°0h 38.0m8° 51'Pisces-17.5°
Nov 27, 06:30:3046,26011.0-28.5°316.1°0h 34.8m8° 42'Pisces-15.7°
Nov 27, 06:40:3053,17811.3-30.1°319.0°0h 32.5m8° 35'Pisces-13.9°
Nov 27, 06:50:3060,03611.5-31.6°321.9°0h 30.7m8° 29'Pisces-12.1°
Nov 27, 07:00:3066,84511.8-32.9°324.9°0h 29.3m8° 24'Pisces-10.3°
Nov 27, 07:10:3073,61312.0-34.2°327.9°0h 28.2m8° 20'Pisces-8.6°
Nov 27, 07:20:3080,34512.2-35.3°330.9°0h 27.3m8° 17'Pisces-6.8°
Nov 27, 07:30:3087,04612.4-36.2°333.9°0h 26.5m8° 14'Pisces-5.1°
 

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