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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, 06:30:30
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, 04:30:3085,04214.0-16.9°114.3°14h 20.8m-28° 51'Hydra-31.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:3078,23613.8-15.1°116.0°14h 19.7m-28° 55'Hydra-29.2°
Nov 27, 04:50:3071,40813.6-13.4°117.8°14h 18.4m-28° 59'Hydra-27.4°
Nov 27, 05:00:3064,55513.3-11.6°119.7°14h 16.7m-29° 5'Hydra-25.6°
Nov 27, 05:10:3057,67213.1-9.8°121.7°14h 14.7m-29° 11'Hydra-23.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:3050,75112.8-8.0°123.8°14h 12.0m-29° 20'Hydra-22.1°
Nov 27, 05:30:3043,78312.4-6.2°126.1°14h 8.5m-29° 31'Hydra-20.3°
Nov 27, 05:40:3036,75412.0-4.3°128.8°14h 3.7m-29° 47'Hydra-18.6°
Nov 27, 05:50:3029,64211.5-2.2°131.9°13h 56.5m-30° 10'Centaurus-16.8°
Nov 27, 06:00:3022,41310.80.1°136.1°13h 44.7m-30° 48'Centaurus-15.1°
Nov 27, 06:10:3015,0159.82.8°142.7°13h 21.7m-32° 7'Centaurus-13.4°
Nov 27, 06:20:307,4537.96.1°159.3°12h 12.1m-36° 1'Centaurus-11.7°
Nov 27, 06:30:303,760--9.6°259.3°4h 41.1m-14° 23'Eridanus-10.0°
Nov 27, 06:40:3011,046--23.4°307.2°1h 58.8m6° 42'Pisces-8.3°
Nov 27, 06:50:3018,6598.9-28.2°319.2°1h 21.3m8° 15'Pisces-6.7°
Nov 27, 07:00:3025,9659.6-31.0°326.2°1h 4.4m8° 27'Pisces-5.0°
Nov 27, 07:10:3033,07610.2-32.8°331.5°0h 54.7m8° 26'Pisces-3.4°
Nov 27, 07:20:3040,05610.6-34.1°336.1°0h 48.4m8° 23'Pisces-1.9°
Nov 27, 07:30:3046,94411.0-35.2°340.3°0h 43.9m8° 19'Pisces-0.3°
Nov 27, 07:40:3053,76011.3-35.9°344.2°0h 40.6m8° 16'Pisces1.2°
Nov 27, 07:50:3060,51911.5-36.5°348.0°0h 38.0m8° 13'Pisces2.7°
Nov 27, 08:00:3067,23211.8-36.9°351.7°0h 36.0m8° 10'Pisces4.2°
Nov 27, 08:10:3073,90512.0-37.2°355.4°0h 34.3m8° 8'Pisces5.6°
Nov 27, 08:20:3080,54312.2-37.3°358.9°0h 32.9m8° 6'Pisces7.0°
Nov 27, 08:30:3087,15112.3-37.3°2.4°0h 31.7m8° 5'Pisces8.4°