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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, 02:30:3088,84113.9-59.3°289.5°13h 59.1m-27° 25'Hydra-31.6°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,35713.7-61.3°293.3°13h 57.0m-27° 15'Hydra-33.5°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,84913.5-63.2°297.6°13h 54.5m-27° 2'Hydra-35.3°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,31413.3-65.1°302.6°13h 51.6m-26° 48'Hydra-37.1°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,74913.1-66.9°308.6°13h 48.2m-26° 30'Hydra-38.9°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,14712.8-68.5°315.9°13h 43.9m-26° 8'Hydra-40.7°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,50412.5-69.9°325.0°13h 38.6m-25° 40'Hydra-42.5°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,80812.1-70.8°336.2°13h 31.6m-25° 3'Hydra-44.3°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,04911.7-71.0°350.0°13h 22.1m-24° 10'Hydra-46.1°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,20511.1-69.9°6.3°13h 8.5m-22° 52'Hydra-47.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,24310.4-66.2°24.3°12h 47.1m-20° 40'Corvus-49.6°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,0969.4-57.2°42.9°12h 7.8m-16° 22'Corvus-51.3°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,808--33.4°63.7°10h 32.8m-5° 54'Sextans-53.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,869-42.9°108.7°5h 4.3m16° 58'Taurus-54.6°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,6987.662.2°184.6°1h 59.4m15° 13'Aries-56.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,7168.856.9°209.6°1h 14.0m12° 52'Pisces-57.8°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7669.652.7°219.9°0h 54.7m11° 36'Pisces-59.3°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,76410.149.4°226.3°0h 43.9m10° 49'Pisces-60.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,71010.646.7°231.0°0h 37.1m10° 18'Pisces-62.0°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,61310.944.2°234.8°0h 32.3m9° 55'Pisces-63.3°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,48111.241.9°238.2°0h 28.8m9° 38'Pisces-64.4°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,32211.539.8°241.2°0h 26.1m9° 24'Pisces-65.4°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,14111.837.7°243.9°0h 24.0m9° 13'Pisces-66.3°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,94212.035.6°246.4°0h 22.3m9° 4'Pisces-67.1°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,72812.233.6°248.8°0h 20.9m8° 56'Pisces-67.6°
 

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