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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, 02:30:3088,50213.9-54.1°287.1°13h 58.3m-27° 43'Hydra-27.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,03013.7-56.0°290.5°13h 56.1m-27° 34'Hydra-28.7°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,53613.5-57.9°294.3°13h 53.4m-27° 23'Hydra-30.4°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,01713.3-59.8°298.7°13h 50.3m-27° 10'Hydra-32.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,46913.0-61.6°303.7°13h 46.6m-26° 54'Hydra-33.9°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,88712.8-63.4°309.7°13h 42.0m-26° 34'Hydra-35.6°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,26612.5-65.0°316.9°13h 36.3m-26° 8'Hydra-37.3°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,59712.1-66.4°326.0°13h 28.8m-25° 34'Hydra-39.0°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,87011.7-67.3°337.6°13h 18.7m-24° 46'Hydra-40.7°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,06811.1-67.2°352.5°13h 4.0m-23° 32'Hydra-42.4°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,16410.4-64.9°11.3°12h 40.9m-21° 28'Corvus-44.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3015,1179.3-57.5°33.7°11h 58.5m-17° 23'Corvus-45.7°
Nov 27, 04:30:308,053--34.8°60.5°10h 16.9m-7° 36'Sextans-47.3°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,357-33.0°107.9°5h 10.6m12° 30'Orion-48.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,9067.656.7°167.0°2h 10.7m13° 30'Aries-50.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,8018.855.1°192.9°1h 21.6m11° 56'Pisces-52.0°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,7819.552.4°205.2°1h 0.2m10° 59'Pisces-53.5°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,72910.150.0°213.0°0h 48.2m10° 21'Pisces-54.9°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,63310.647.8°218.7°0h 40.6m9° 55'Pisces-56.3°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,50010.945.8°223.4°0h 35.3m9° 36'Pisces-57.6°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,33511.243.9°227.4°0h 31.4m9° 22'Pisces-58.8°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,14511.542.0°231.0°0h 28.4m9° 10'Pisces-60.0°
Nov 27, 06:10:3065,93511.740.2°234.3°0h 26.0m9° 1'Pisces-61.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,70712.038.4°237.3°0h 24.1m8° 53'Pisces-62.0°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,46612.236.6°240.1°0h 22.5m8° 46'Pisces-62.8°
 

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