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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, 02:30:3088,92613.9-60.7°293.2°13h 59.7m-27° 25'Hydra-33.5°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,43213.7-62.6°297.3°13h 57.6m-27° 15'Hydra-35.3°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,91513.5-64.4°302.0°13h 55.2m-27° 3'Hydra-37.1°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,36913.3-66.2°307.4°13h 52.4m-26° 49'Hydra-38.9°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,79313.1-67.8°313.9°13h 49.0m-26° 32'Hydra-40.7°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,17912.8-69.2°321.7°13h 44.9m-26° 10'Hydra-42.5°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,52212.5-70.3°331.2°13h 39.6m-25° 43'Hydra-44.2°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,81312.1-70.9°342.7°13h 32.8m-25° 7'Hydra-46.0°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,03611.7-70.7°356.2°13h 23.6m-24° 16'Hydra-47.7°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,17111.1-69.2°11.7°13h 10.3m-22° 59'Hydra-49.4°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,18110.4-65.2°28.2°12h 49.2m-20° 51'Corvus-51.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,9919.4-56.1°45.3°12h 10.6m-16° 40'Corvus-52.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,628--32.3°65.4°10h 35.8m-6° 24'Sextans-54.4°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,748-45.8°113.9°4h 55.4m16° 49'Taurus-56.0°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,7427.661.0°191.8°1h 54.9m14° 54'Aries-57.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,8078.855.0°214.0°1h 11.6m12° 39'Pisces-59.0°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,8819.650.7°223.4°0h 53.1m11° 26'Pisces-60.3°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,89410.147.4°229.2°0h 42.8m10° 42'Pisces-61.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,85210.644.7°233.6°0h 36.2m10° 11'Pisces-62.9°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,76410.942.2°237.2°0h 31.6m9° 49'Pisces-64.0°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,64111.339.9°240.4°0h 28.2m9° 33'Pisces-65.0°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,48811.537.7°243.3°0h 25.7m9° 20'Pisces-65.8°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,31311.835.6°245.9°0h 23.6m9° 9'Pisces-66.5°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,11912.033.6°248.3°0h 22.0m9° 0'Pisces-67.1°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,91012.231.5°250.7°0h 20.7m8° 53'Pisces-67.4°
 

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