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Solar Orbiter Flyby

On November 26 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 26, 23:30:30
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 26, 21:30:3089,47514.0-72.3°356.4°14h 6.6m-27° 20'Hydra-54.2°
Nov 26, 21:40:3082,87313.8-72.2°4.7°14h 5.1m-27° 11'Hydra-55.7°
Nov 26, 21:50:3076,24313.6-71.7°13.0°14h 3.4m-27° 2'Hydra-57.1°
Nov 26, 22:00:3069,58013.4-70.9°21.0°14h 1.4m-26° 50'Hydra-58.5°
Nov 26, 22:10:3062,88013.2-69.7°28.6°13h 59.0m-26° 37'Hydra-59.8°
Nov 26, 22:20:3056,13712.9-68.3°35.6°13h 56.0m-26° 20'Hydra-61.0°
Nov 26, 22:30:3049,34012.6-66.4°42.2°13h 52.1m-25° 58'Hydra-62.1°
Nov 26, 22:40:3042,47612.2-64.1°48.3°13h 47.1m-25° 30'Hydra-63.1°
Nov 26, 22:50:3035,52511.8-61.3°54.1°13h 40.2m-24° 51'Hydra-64.0°
Nov 26, 23:00:3028,45011.2-57.6°59.7°13h 30.1m-23° 52'Hydra-64.7°
Nov 26, 23:10:3021,18510.5-52.3°65.5°13h 13.9m-22° 15'Virgo-65.3°
Nov 26, 23:20:3013,5809.3-43.2°72.2°12h 42.8m-19° 0'Corvus-65.7°
Nov 26, 23:30:305,469--19.9°84.7°11h 13.7m-10° 14'Crater-66.0°
Nov 26, 23:40:304,390-56.5°218.9°2h 47.1m16° 34'Aries-66.1°
Nov 26, 23:50:3011,8857.938.3°247.2°1h 10.5m12° 50'Pisces-66.0°
Nov 27, 00:00:3019,3259.031.8°253.0°0h 48.1m11° 16'Pisces-65.7°
Nov 27, 00:10:3026,5909.727.7°256.5°0h 37.8m10° 25'Pisces-65.3°
Nov 27, 00:20:3033,73410.324.6°259.2°0h 31.8m9° 54'Pisces-64.7°
Nov 27, 00:30:3040,79210.721.9°261.5°0h 27.9m9° 32'Pisces-63.9°
Nov 27, 00:40:3047,78611.019.5°263.7°0h 25.2m9° 15'Pisces-63.1°
Nov 27, 00:50:3054,73111.317.2°265.7°0h 23.2m9° 3'Pisces-62.1°
Nov 27, 01:00:3061,63911.615.1°267.7°0h 21.6m8° 53'Pisces-60.9°
Nov 27, 01:10:3068,51511.813.0°269.6°0h 20.4m8° 45'Pisces-59.7°
Nov 27, 01:20:3075,36612.111.0°271.5°0h 19.4m8° 38'Pisces-58.4°
Nov 27, 01:30:3082,19412.29.0°273.3°0h 18.6m8° 32'Pisces-57.1°
 

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