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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, 02:30:3086,21814.0-28.0°103.4°14h 20.2m-28° 30'Hydra-42.4°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,41813.8-26.2°105.1°14h 19.3m-28° 32'Hydra-40.7°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,59413.6-24.3°106.9°14h 18.1m-28° 34'Hydra-38.9°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,74213.4-22.4°108.7°14h 16.8m-28° 36'Hydra-37.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,85613.1-20.5°110.6°14h 15.0m-28° 40'Hydra-35.5°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,92912.8-18.6°112.6°14h 12.8m-28° 44'Hydra-33.8°
Nov 27, 03:30:3044,95112.5-16.6°114.7°14h 9.8m-28° 50'Hydra-32.0°
Nov 27, 03:40:3037,90612.1-14.5°117.0°14h 5.8m-28° 58'Hydra-30.3°
Nov 27, 03:50:3030,77011.6-12.2°119.7°13h 59.8m-29° 10'Hydra-28.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,50210.9-9.5°123.1°13h 50.4m-29° 31'Hydra-26.8°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,02910.0-6.2°128.1°13h 33.0m-30° 17'Centaurus-25.0°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,2418.3-1.2°139.6°12h 45.9m-32° 59'Centaurus-23.3°
Nov 27, 04:30:302,611--1.3°236.9°5h 9.8m-23° 23'Lepus-21.6°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,935--14.9°297.0°1h 43.8m6° 52'Pisces-19.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,7058.8-20.2°307.0°1h 10.0m8° 22'Pisces-18.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3025,1159.6-23.4°312.6°0h 55.5m8° 30'Pisces-16.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,30910.2-25.7°316.9°0h 47.3m8° 27'Pisces-14.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,36410.6-27.5°320.6°0h 42.0m8° 22'Pisces-13.1°
Nov 27, 05:30:3046,32011.0-29.0°324.1°0h 38.2m8° 18'Pisces-11.4°
Nov 27, 05:40:3053,20211.3-30.3°327.4°0h 35.5m8° 14'Pisces-9.8°
Nov 27, 05:50:3060,02511.5-31.5°330.6°0h 33.4m8° 11'Pisces-8.2°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,80011.8-32.5°333.8°0h 31.7m8° 8'Pisces-6.6°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,53412.0-33.3°337.0°0h 30.4m8° 6'Pisces-5.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,23412.2-34.1°340.2°0h 29.2m8° 4'Pisces-3.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,90312.3-34.7°343.4°0h 28.3m8° 2'Pisces-1.9°
 

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