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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, 02:30:3088,76913.9-58.1°289.7°13h 59.0m-27° 30'Hydra-30.7°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,28613.7-60.1°293.4°13h 56.9m-27° 20'Hydra-32.5°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,78013.5-61.9°297.7°13h 54.4m-27° 8'Hydra-34.3°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,24813.3-63.8°302.6°13h 51.4m-26° 54'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,68513.1-65.6°308.3°13h 47.9m-26° 37'Hydra-37.9°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,08712.8-67.2°315.3°13h 43.6m-26° 16'Hydra-39.7°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,44712.5-68.6°323.8°13h 38.1m-25° 49'Hydra-41.4°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,75612.1-69.6°334.4°13h 31.1m-25° 13'Hydra-43.2°
Nov 27, 03:50:3036,00211.7-70.0°347.5°13h 21.5m-24° 22'Hydra-44.9°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,16511.1-69.0°3.4°13h 7.6m-23° 5'Hydra-46.7°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,21310.4-65.7°21.4°12h 45.8m-20° 57'Corvus-48.4°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,0839.4-57.1°40.9°12h 5.8m-16° 44'Corvus-50.0°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,840--33.6°63.3°10h 28.9m-6° 32'Sextans-51.7°
Nov 27, 04:40:304,973-40.5°109.7°5h 4.7m15° 32'Orion-53.3°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,7557.660.6°180.6°2h 1.7m14° 39'Aries-54.9°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,7498.856.2°205.8°1h 15.6m12° 33'Pisces-56.4°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7869.652.4°216.6°0h 55.9m11° 23'Pisces-57.9°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,77310.149.3°223.3°0h 44.9m10° 39'Pisces-59.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,71010.646.7°228.2°0h 37.9m10° 10'Pisces-60.6°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,60510.944.3°232.3°0h 33.0m9° 48'Pisces-61.8°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,46611.242.1°235.8°0h 29.4m9° 32'Pisces-63.0°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,30011.540.0°238.9°0h 26.6m9° 19'Pisces-64.0°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,11211.838.0°241.7°0h 24.5m9° 8'Pisces-64.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,90712.036.0°244.4°0h 22.7m9° 0'Pisces-65.7°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,68612.234.0°246.9°0h 21.3m8° 52'Pisces-66.3°
 

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