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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, 02:30:3083,65713.9-4.4°126.3°14h 20.2m-29° 13'Hydra-17.5°
Nov 27, 02:40:3076,86113.7-2.8°128.2°14h 18.9m-29° 19'Hydra-15.7°
Nov 27, 02:50:3070,04713.5-1.2°130.2°14h 17.2m-29° 26'Hydra-13.9°
Nov 27, 03:00:3063,21113.30.4°132.3°14h 15.1m-29° 33'Hydra-12.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3056,34913.02.0°134.5°14h 12.5m-29° 43'Hydra-10.4°
Nov 27, 03:20:3049,45512.73.6°137.0°14h 9.2m-29° 55'Hydra-8.6°
Nov 27, 03:30:3042,52012.35.1°139.7°14h 4.7m-30° 11'Centaurus-6.9°
Nov 27, 03:40:3035,53411.96.7°142.9°13h 58.4m-30° 33'Centaurus-5.2°
Nov 27, 03:50:3028,47911.38.4°146.8°13h 48.9m-31° 4'Centaurus-3.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3021,33410.610.0°152.2°13h 33.1m-31° 56'Centaurus-1.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3014,0909.511.6°161.3°13h 0.7m-33° 33'Centaurus-0.2°
Nov 27, 04:20:306,9927.610.8°185.3°11h 15.9m-36° 48'Centaurus1.4°
Nov 27, 04:30:305,180--18.3°275.5°4h 42.9m-8° 12'Eridanus3.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:3012,163--31.8°319.0°2h 18.6m7° 1'Cetus4.5°
Nov 27, 04:50:3019,5389.0-35.9°334.0°1h 36.0m8° 27'Pisces6.1°
Nov 27, 05:00:3026,6889.7-37.8°343.1°1h 16.0m8° 38'Pisces7.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3033,67910.2-38.7°349.8°1h 4.2m8° 37'Pisces9.0°
Nov 27, 05:20:3040,55710.6-39.2°355.4°0h 56.5m8° 33'Pisces10.4°
Nov 27, 05:30:3047,35211.0-39.4°0.4°0h 51.0m8° 29'Pisces11.8°
Nov 27, 05:40:3054,08211.3-39.3°4.9°0h 46.8m8° 25'Pisces13.1°
Nov 27, 05:50:3060,76011.5-39.1°9.1°0h 43.6m8° 22'Pisces14.4°
Nov 27, 06:00:3067,39411.8-38.7°13.1°0h 41.0m8° 19'Pisces15.6°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,99012.0-38.1°16.9°0h 38.9m8° 17'Pisces16.8°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,55412.2-37.5°20.5°0h 37.1m8° 15'Pisces18.0°
Nov 27, 06:30:3087,08912.3-36.7°23.9°0h 35.6m8° 13'Pisces19.0°
 

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