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Solar Orbiter Flyby

On November 26 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 26, 20:30:30
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 26, 18:30:3088,04013.9-47.9°279.3°13h 56.9m-27° 55'Hydra-20.5°
Nov 26, 18:40:3081,59213.7-49.9°282.2°13h 54.4m-27° 46'Hydra-22.2°
Nov 26, 18:50:3075,12313.5-51.9°285.4°13h 51.6m-27° 36'Hydra-23.9°
Nov 26, 19:00:3068,63113.3-53.9°289.0°13h 48.2m-27° 23'Hydra-25.6°
Nov 26, 19:10:3062,11413.0-56.0°293.1°13h 44.1m-27° 7'Hydra-27.3°
Nov 26, 19:20:3055,56612.7-58.1°298.0°13h 39.2m-26° 48'Hydra-29.0°
Nov 26, 19:30:3048,98312.4-60.1°303.9°13h 32.9m-26° 23'Hydra-30.7°
Nov 26, 19:40:3042,35912.1-62.1°311.3°13h 24.8m-25° 49'Hydra-32.4°
Nov 26, 19:50:3035,68511.6-63.9°321.2°13h 13.7m-25° 0'Hydra-34.1°
Nov 26, 20:00:3028,95111.1-65.1°335.0°12h 57.8m-23° 46'Hydra-35.8°
Nov 26, 20:10:3022,14410.3-64.6°354.7°12h 32.7m-21° 39'Corvus-37.5°
Nov 26, 20:20:3015,2579.3-59.0°21.6°11h 47.1m-17° 26'Crater-39.2°
Nov 26, 20:30:308,515--37.6°54.5°10h 0.8m-7° 35'Sextans-40.8°
Nov 26, 20:40:306,004-23.0°99.4°5h 23.0m10° 34'Orion-42.5°
Nov 26, 20:50:3011,1237.751.8°146.3°2h 25.6m12° 56'Aries-44.1°
Nov 26, 21:00:3017,8318.854.5°172.3°1h 31.2m11° 44'Pisces-45.7°
Nov 26, 21:10:3024,7099.553.7°186.7°1h 7.1m10° 52'Pisces-47.3°
Nov 26, 21:20:3031,58610.152.4°196.1°0h 53.6m10° 18'Pisces-48.9°
Nov 26, 21:30:3038,43410.550.9°203.1°0h 44.9m9° 53'Pisces-50.4°
Nov 26, 21:40:3045,25310.949.4°208.9°0h 38.8m9° 35'Pisces-51.9°
Nov 26, 21:50:3052,04711.247.9°213.8°0h 34.4m9° 21'Pisces-53.3°
Nov 26, 22:00:3058,81811.546.4°218.2°0h 31.0m9° 10'Pisces-54.7°
Nov 26, 22:10:3065,57311.744.9°222.1°0h 28.3m9° 1'Pisces-56.0°
Nov 26, 22:20:3072,31211.943.3°225.7°0h 26.1m8° 53'Pisces-57.3°
Nov 26, 22:30:3079,04012.141.7°229.0°0h 24.3m8° 47'Pisces-58.5°
 

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