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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, 02:30:3086,60414.0-31.8°101.0°14h 20.6m-28° 8'Hydra-48.1°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,79713.8-29.9°102.6°14h 19.8m-28° 8'Hydra-46.3°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,96613.6-27.9°104.1°14h 18.8m-28° 8'Hydra-44.5°
Nov 27, 03:00:3066,10413.4-25.9°105.7°14h 17.6m-28° 8'Hydra-42.6°
Nov 27, 03:10:3059,20713.2-23.8°107.4°14h 16.1m-28° 8'Hydra-40.8°
Nov 27, 03:20:3052,26812.9-21.7°109.1°14h 14.2m-28° 9'Hydra-39.0°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,27412.5-19.5°110.9°14h 11.6m-28° 10'Hydra-37.1°
Nov 27, 03:40:3038,21112.1-17.2°112.9°14h 8.1m-28° 11'Hydra-35.3°
Nov 27, 03:50:3031,05211.6-14.6°115.1°14h 3.1m-28° 14'Hydra-33.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,75411.0-11.7°117.9°13h 55.1m-28° 20'Hydra-31.5°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,23310.1-8.0°121.8°13h 40.6m-28° 38'Hydra-29.7°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,3298.4-2.0°130.3°13h 3.7m-30° 7'Hydra-27.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:301,922-5.6°233.1°5h 8.8m-22° 20'Lepus-26.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,636--12.6°294.6°1h 31.6m8° 55'Pisces-24.1°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,5098.8-18.6°302.5°1h 2.6m9° 28'Pisces-22.3°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,9789.6-22.2°307.0°0h 50.0m9° 15'Pisces-20.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,21710.2-24.8°310.6°0h 42.9m9° 1'Pisces-18.6°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,31010.6-27.0°313.8°0h 38.4m8° 50'Pisces-16.8°
Nov 27, 05:30:3046,30111.0-28.9°316.9°0h 35.2m8° 41'Pisces-15.0°
Nov 27, 05:40:3053,21611.3-30.5°319.9°0h 32.8m8° 34'Pisces-13.2°
Nov 27, 05:50:3060,07111.5-31.9°322.8°0h 31.0m8° 28'Pisces-11.5°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,87611.8-33.3°325.8°0h 29.6m8° 23'Pisces-9.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,64112.0-34.4°328.8°0h 28.4m8° 19'Pisces-8.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,37012.2-35.5°331.9°0h 27.5m8° 16'Pisces-6.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3087,06712.4-36.5°335.0°0h 26.7m8° 13'Pisces-4.5°
 

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