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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, 02:30:3088,92513.9-60.7°289.9°13h 59.4m-27° 20'Hydra-32.9°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,43813.7-62.7°293.8°13h 57.3m-27° 9'Hydra-34.8°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,92613.5-64.6°298.2°13h 54.9m-26° 56'Hydra-36.6°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,38713.3-66.5°303.5°13h 52.0m-26° 41'Hydra-38.5°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,81613.1-68.3°309.9°13h 48.6m-26° 23'Hydra-40.3°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,20912.8-69.9°317.7°13h 44.4m-26° 1'Hydra-42.1°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,55912.5-71.2°327.3°13h 39.2m-25° 32'Hydra-44.0°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,85712.1-72.0°339.3°13h 32.4m-24° 54'Hydra-45.8°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,08911.7-72.0°353.9°13h 23.1m-24° 0'Hydra-47.6°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,23411.1-70.5°10.4°13h 9.8m-22° 40'Hydra-49.4°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,25710.4-66.4°27.9°12h 48.7m-20° 26'Corvus-51.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,0859.4-57.1°45.2°12h 10.3m-16° 4'Corvus-52.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,742--33.0°64.4°10h 37.2m-5° 22'Sextans-54.5°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,750-45.7°108.4°5h 2.0m18° 25'Taurus-56.2°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6587.663.5°190.2°1h 56.1m15° 43'Aries-57.8°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,7068.857.1°214.2°1h 12.0m13° 8'Pisces-59.4°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7749.652.6°223.8°0h 53.2m11° 47'Pisces-60.9°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,78510.149.1°229.7°0h 42.8m10° 58'Pisces-62.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,74110.646.2°234.1°0h 36.1m10° 25'Pisces-63.6°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,65410.943.7°237.7°0h 31.5m10° 1'Pisces-64.8°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,53111.241.3°240.9°0h 28.1m9° 42'Pisces-65.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,38011.539.0°243.7°0h 25.5m9° 28'Pisces-66.9°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,20611.836.9°246.3°0h 23.5m9° 16'Pisces-67.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,01412.034.8°248.7°0h 21.9m9° 7'Pisces-68.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,80712.232.7°251.0°0h 20.5m8° 59'Pisces-68.8°
 

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