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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, 02:30:3088,63713.9-56.1°291.6°13h 59.0m-27° 43'Hydra-29.5°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,15413.7-57.9°295.3°13h 56.9m-27° 34'Hydra-31.2°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,64713.5-59.7°299.5°13h 54.3m-27° 23'Hydra-32.9°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,11413.3-61.4°304.2°13h 51.3m-27° 10'Hydra-34.6°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,55213.1-63.1°309.7°13h 47.7m-26° 55'Hydra-36.3°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,95512.8-64.6°316.2°13h 43.3m-26° 35'Hydra-38.0°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,31612.5-65.9°323.9°13h 37.7m-26° 10'Hydra-39.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,62812.1-67.0°333.4°13h 30.5m-25° 37'Hydra-41.3°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,87811.7-67.4°345.1°13h 20.6m-24° 51'Hydra-43.0°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,04811.1-66.8°359.6°13h 6.4m-23° 40'Hydra-44.6°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,10510.4-64.0°17.1°12h 43.9m-21° 40'Corvus-46.2°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,9979.3-56.2°37.5°12h 2.4m-17° 43'Corvus-47.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,824--33.5°63.0°10h 21.2m-8° 11'Sextans-49.3°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,166-36.6°113.7°5h 1.2m12° 24'Orion-50.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,9227.656.3°176.1°2h 4.7m13° 13'Aries-52.3°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,8868.853.4°199.9°1h 18.1m11° 43'Pisces-53.8°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,9029.650.4°210.9°0h 57.9m10° 49'Pisces-55.1°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,87210.147.7°218.0°0h 46.5m10° 13'Pisces-56.5°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,79410.645.5°223.2°0h 39.3m9° 49'Pisces-57.7°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,67510.943.4°227.6°0h 34.2m9° 30'Pisces-58.9°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,52311.241.4°231.3°0h 30.5m9° 16'Pisces-60.0°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,34411.539.5°234.6°0h 27.6m9° 5'Pisces-60.9°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,14311.837.6°237.7°0h 25.4m8° 56'Pisces-61.8°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,92512.035.8°240.5°0h 23.6m8° 49'Pisces-62.6°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,69212.234.0°243.2°0h 22.1m8° 43'Pisces-63.2°
 

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