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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, 05:30:30
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, 03:30:3086,11814.0-27.0°104.1°14h 20.0m-28° 37'Hydra-40.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3079,32213.8-25.2°105.9°14h 19.0m-28° 39'Hydra-39.1°
Nov 27, 03:50:3072,50213.6-23.4°107.7°14h 17.8m-28° 42'Hydra-37.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3065,65413.4-21.6°109.6°14h 16.3m-28° 45'Hydra-35.7°
Nov 27, 04:10:3058,77313.1-19.8°111.6°14h 14.5m-28° 49'Hydra-34.0°
Nov 27, 04:20:3051,85212.8-17.9°113.6°14h 12.2m-28° 54'Hydra-32.3°
Nov 27, 04:30:3044,88012.5-16.0°115.9°14h 9.1m-29° 2'Hydra-30.6°
Nov 27, 04:40:3037,84212.1-13.9°118.3°14h 4.8m-29° 11'Hydra-28.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3030,71511.6-11.7°121.1°13h 58.6m-29° 26'Hydra-27.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3023,45910.9-9.2°124.7°13h 48.7m-29° 52'Hydra-25.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3016,00510.0-6.0°130.1°13h 30.2m-30° 46'Centaurus-23.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:308,2608.3-1.4°142.4°12h 39.9m-33° 44'Centaurus-22.1°
Nov 27, 05:30:302,819--3.0°237.5°5h 13.3m-23° 49'Lepus-20.5°
Nov 27, 05:40:3010,000--15.4°297.7°1h 47.7m6° 14'Pisces-18.8°
Nov 27, 05:50:3017,7328.8-20.4°308.4°1h 12.4m8° 1'Pisces-17.1°
Nov 27, 06:00:3025,1239.6-23.4°314.4°0h 57.2m8° 16'Pisces-15.5°
Nov 27, 06:10:3032,30210.2-25.6°318.8°0h 48.6m8° 16'Pisces-13.8°
Nov 27, 06:20:3039,34410.6-27.3°322.7°0h 43.1m8° 14'Pisces-12.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3046,28911.0-28.7°326.2°0h 39.2m8° 11'Pisces-10.6°
Nov 27, 06:40:3053,16111.3-29.9°329.6°0h 36.3m8° 8'Pisces-9.0°
Nov 27, 06:50:3059,97411.5-31.0°332.9°0h 34.1m8° 5'Pisces-7.4°
Nov 27, 07:00:3066,74011.8-31.9°336.2°0h 32.3m8° 3'Pisces-5.9°
Nov 27, 07:10:3073,46612.0-32.6°339.4°0h 30.9m8° 1'Pisces-4.3°
Nov 27, 07:20:3080,15712.2-33.3°342.6°0h 29.7m8° 0'Pisces-2.8°
Nov 27, 07:30:3086,81812.3-33.8°345.8°0h 28.7m7° 58'Pisces-1.4°
 

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