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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, 02:30:3088,91313.9-60.5°290.5°13h 59.4m-27° 22'Hydra-32.8°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,42513.7-62.5°294.4°13h 57.3m-27° 11'Hydra-34.7°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,91213.5-64.4°298.9°13h 54.9m-26° 59'Hydra-36.5°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,37313.3-66.2°304.1°13h 52.0m-26° 44'Hydra-38.3°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,80213.1-68.0°310.5°13h 48.6m-26° 26'Hydra-40.2°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,19412.8-69.5°318.2°13h 44.4m-26° 4'Hydra-42.0°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,54412.5-70.8°327.7°13h 39.2m-25° 35'Hydra-43.8°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,84112.1-71.6°339.5°13h 32.3m-24° 58'Hydra-45.6°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,07311.7-71.6°353.7°13h 23.0m-24° 5'Hydra-47.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,21811.1-70.1°10.0°13h 9.7m-22° 46'Hydra-49.1°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,24010.4-66.1°27.4°12h 48.6m-20° 33'Corvus-50.9°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,0699.4-57.0°44.9°12h 10.0m-16° 13'Corvus-52.6°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,730--32.9°64.5°10h 36.2m-5° 39'Sextans-54.3°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,767-45.3°109.5°5h 1.1m17° 52'Taurus-55.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6797.662.8°189.6°1h 56.4m15° 29'Aries-57.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,7278.856.7°213.4°1h 12.2m13° 0'Pisces-59.0°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7939.652.2°223.1°0h 53.4m11° 41'Pisces-60.5°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,80210.148.8°229.1°0h 42.9m10° 53'Pisces-61.9°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,75710.646.0°233.5°0h 36.3m10° 21'Pisces-63.2°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,66810.943.5°237.2°0h 31.6m9° 57'Pisces-64.4°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,54411.241.1°240.4°0h 28.2m9° 40'Pisces-65.5°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,39111.538.9°243.2°0h 25.6m9° 26'Pisces-66.5°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,21611.836.8°245.8°0h 23.6m9° 14'Pisces-67.3°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,02312.034.7°248.3°0h 22.0m9° 5'Pisces-67.9°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,81412.232.6°250.6°0h 20.6m8° 57'Pisces-68.4°
 

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