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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, 02:30:3088,72813.9-57.5°292.2°13h 59.2m-27° 38'Hydra-30.7°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,24113.7-59.3°296.0°13h 57.1m-27° 28'Hydra-32.4°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,73113.5-61.1°300.3°13h 54.6m-27° 17'Hydra-34.2°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,19513.3-62.8°305.3°13h 51.6m-27° 4'Hydra-35.9°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,62813.1-64.5°311.0°13h 48.1m-26° 48'Hydra-37.6°
Nov 27, 03:20:3056,02612.8-66.0°317.8°13h 43.8m-26° 28'Hydra-39.3°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,38212.5-67.3°326.0°13h 38.3m-26° 2'Hydra-41.0°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,68812.1-68.2°336.0°13h 31.2m-25° 28'Hydra-42.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,93011.7-68.5°348.3°13h 21.5m-24° 40'Hydra-44.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,08911.1-67.6°3.1°13h 7.6m-23° 28'Hydra-46.0°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,13210.4-64.4°20.4°12h 45.5m-21° 26'Corvus-47.7°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,9989.4-56.2°39.9°12h 4.9m-17° 25'Corvus-49.3°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,765--33.1°63.8°10h 25.6m-7° 41'Sextans-50.9°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,034-39.2°114.0°4h 59.7m13° 37'Orion-52.4°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,8617.657.8°180.5°2h 1.8m13° 42'Aries-53.9°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,8568.854.0°204.1°1h 16.2m11° 59'Pisces-55.3°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,8899.650.6°214.7°0h 56.4m10° 59'Pisces-56.7°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,87310.147.7°221.4°0h 45.4m10° 21'Pisces-58.0°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,80610.645.3°226.4°0h 38.3m9° 55'Pisces-59.3°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,69710.943.1°230.5°0h 33.4m9° 36'Pisces-60.4°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,55311.241.0°234.1°0h 29.8m9° 21'Pisces-61.5°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,38311.539.0°237.3°0h 27.0m9° 9'Pisces-62.4°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,19011.837.1°240.3°0h 24.9m9° 0'Pisces-63.2°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,97912.035.2°243.0°0h 23.1m8° 52'Pisces-63.9°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,75312.233.3°245.6°0h 21.7m8° 45'Pisces-64.5°
 

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