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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, 02:30:3089,35613.9-69.3°314.6°14h 2.8m-27° 16'Hydra-44.2°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,81313.8-70.6°321.3°14h 1.1m-27° 6'Hydra-45.9°
Nov 27, 02:50:3076,24313.6-71.7°328.9°13h 59.1m-26° 54'Hydra-47.7°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,64213.4-72.5°337.6°13h 56.7m-26° 40'Hydra-49.4°
Nov 27, 03:10:3063,00713.1-72.9°347.2°13h 53.8m-26° 24'Hydra-51.1°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,33012.8-72.9°357.7°13h 50.2m-26° 4'Hydra-52.8°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,60512.5-72.4°8.5°13h 45.7m-25° 38'Hydra-54.4°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,81912.2-71.1°19.4°13h 39.9m-25° 4'Hydra-56.0°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,95511.7-69.0°29.9°13h 31.9m-24° 16'Hydra-57.6°
Nov 27, 04:00:3028,98311.2-65.7°40.0°13h 20.4m-23° 5'Hydra-59.0°
Nov 27, 04:10:3021,85010.5-60.4°49.7°13h 2.0m-21° 7'Virgo-60.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,4409.4-50.7°59.7°12h 27.7m-17° 12'Corvus-61.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:306,666--26.8°73.7°10h 58.6m-7° 5'Crater-63.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,209-63.9°151.4°3h 58.8m19° 27'Taurus-64.2°
Nov 27, 04:50:3011,0507.753.4°227.2°1h 29.8m14° 37'Pisces-65.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3018,3438.945.5°237.8°0h 57.8m12° 22'Pisces-66.1°
Nov 27, 05:10:3025,5339.640.8°242.9°0h 43.9m11° 12'Pisces-66.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:3032,62710.237.3°246.5°0h 36.0m10° 30'Pisces-67.4°
Nov 27, 05:30:3039,64710.634.4°249.4°0h 30.9m10° 1'Pisces-67.7°
Nov 27, 05:40:3046,61211.031.9°252.0°0h 27.4m9° 41'Pisces-67.9°
Nov 27, 05:50:3053,53411.329.5°254.3°0h 24.8m9° 25'Pisces-67.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3060,42311.627.2°256.5°0h 22.8m9° 12'Pisces-67.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3067,28411.825.0°258.6°0h 21.3m9° 2'Pisces-67.3°
Nov 27, 06:20:3074,12312.022.9°260.6°0h 20.0m8° 54'Pisces-66.7°
Nov 27, 06:30:3080,94312.220.8°262.5°0h 19.0m8° 47'Pisces-66.0°
 

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