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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, 02:30:3088,71613.9-57.3°289.5°13h 58.9m-27° 34'Hydra-30.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,23513.7-59.2°293.1°13h 56.7m-27° 24'Hydra-31.8°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,73213.5-61.1°297.3°13h 54.2m-27° 12'Hydra-33.5°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,20113.3-62.9°302.0°13h 51.2m-26° 58'Hydra-35.3°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,64113.1-64.7°307.7°13h 47.7m-26° 41'Hydra-37.1°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,04612.8-66.4°314.4°13h 43.3m-26° 20'Hydra-38.8°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,40912.5-67.8°322.6°13h 37.8m-25° 54'Hydra-40.6°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,72212.1-68.9°332.8°13h 30.6m-25° 18'Hydra-42.3°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,97311.7-69.4°345.6°13h 20.9m-24° 28'Hydra-44.1°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,14211.1-68.6°1.2°13h 6.9m-23° 12'Hydra-45.8°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,19910.4-65.5°19.4°12h 44.8m-21° 5'Corvus-47.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,0849.4-57.1°39.4°12h 4.3m-16° 55'Corvus-49.1°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,875--33.8°62.8°10h 26.3m-6° 51'Sextans-50.8°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,049-38.9°109.8°5h 5.6m14° 44'Orion-52.4°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,7887.659.7°177.8°2h 3.5m14° 21'Aries-53.9°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,7648.855.9°203.1°1h 16.8m12° 23'Pisces-55.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7909.652.3°214.3°0h 56.8m11° 16'Pisces-56.9°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,77010.149.4°221.2°0h 45.6m10° 34'Pisces-58.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,70010.646.8°226.3°0h 38.4m10° 6'Pisces-59.7°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,58910.944.5°230.5°0h 33.5m9° 45'Pisces-60.9°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,44511.242.4°234.1°0h 29.8m9° 29'Pisces-62.1°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,27411.540.4°237.3°0h 27.0m9° 16'Pisces-63.1°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,08211.838.4°240.2°0h 24.8m9° 6'Pisces-64.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,87212.036.4°243.0°0h 23.0m8° 58'Pisces-64.8°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,64712.234.5°245.5°0h 21.6m8° 50'Pisces-65.5°
 

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