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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, 02:30:3088,67413.9-56.7°284.0°13h 58.2m-27° 25'Hydra-28.4°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,20613.7-58.7°287.3°13h 55.9m-27° 14'Hydra-30.3°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,71513.5-60.8°291.0°13h 53.4m-27° 2'Hydra-32.1°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,19813.3-62.9°295.4°13h 50.3m-26° 47'Hydra-34.0°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,65113.1-64.9°300.6°13h 46.7m-26° 28'Hydra-35.8°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,07012.8-66.9°307.0°13h 42.3m-26° 5'Hydra-37.7°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,44812.5-68.7°315.1°13h 36.7m-25° 36'Hydra-39.5°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,77812.1-70.2°325.5°13h 29.4m-24° 57'Hydra-41.3°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,04811.7-71.0°339.2°13h 19.6m-24° 3'Hydra-43.2°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,24111.1-70.6°356.6°13h 5.5m-22° 41'Hydra-45.0°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,32810.4-67.6°17.0°12h 43.3m-20° 23'Corvus-46.8°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,2579.4-59.0°38.4°12h 2.9m-15° 54'Corvus-48.6°
Nov 27, 04:30:308,107--35.2°61.0°10h 27.2m-5° 11'Sextans-50.3°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,114-37.6°101.5°5h 17.7m16° 58'Taurus-52.1°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6607.663.4°171.0°2h 7.3m15° 41'Aries-53.8°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,5908.859.7°200.8°1h 18.5m13° 12'Pisces-55.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,5969.555.9°213.2°0h 57.6m11° 51'Pisces-57.1°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,56510.152.7°220.6°0h 46.1m11° 2'Pisces-58.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,48910.550.0°226.0°0h 38.7m10° 28'Pisces-60.2°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,37410.947.6°230.3°0h 33.6m10° 4'Pisces-61.6°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,22711.245.4°234.0°0h 29.9m9° 45'Pisces-63.0°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,05511.543.2°237.3°0h 27.0m9° 31'Pisces-64.3°
Nov 27, 06:10:3065,86211.741.1°240.3°0h 24.8m9° 19'Pisces-65.4°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,65212.039.0°243.0°0h 23.0m9° 9'Pisces-66.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,42812.237.0°245.5°0h 21.5m9° 1'Pisces-67.3°
 

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