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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, 02:30:3088,65813.9-56.4°292.8°13h 59.2m-27° 44'Hydra-30.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,17113.7-58.2°296.6°13h 57.1m-27° 34'Hydra-31.7°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,66113.5-59.9°300.9°13h 54.5m-27° 24'Hydra-33.4°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,12513.3-61.6°305.7°13h 51.5m-27° 11'Hydra-35.1°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,55913.1-63.2°311.3°13h 48.0m-26° 56'Hydra-36.7°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,95812.8-64.7°317.8°13h 43.6m-26° 37'Hydra-38.4°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,31612.5-65.9°325.6°13h 38.0m-26° 12'Hydra-40.1°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,62412.1-66.9°335.1°13h 30.9m-25° 40'Hydra-41.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,86911.7-67.2°346.8°13h 21.1m-24° 54'Hydra-43.3°
Nov 27, 04:00:3029,03211.1-66.5°1.0°13h 6.9m-23° 44'Hydra-45.0°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,08110.4-63.6°18.1°12h 44.4m-21° 46'Corvus-46.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,9609.3-55.8°38.2°12h 3.1m-17° 52'Corvus-48.1°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,767--33.1°63.5°10h 21.7m-8° 27'Sextans-49.6°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,139-37.1°115.5°4h 58.5m12° 10'Orion-51.1°
Nov 27, 04:50:3010,9437.755.8°178.0°2h 3.4m13° 3'Aries-52.6°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,9208.852.8°201.1°1h 17.5m11° 37'Pisces-54.0°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,9429.649.7°211.9°0h 57.5m10° 44'Pisces-55.3°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,91710.147.1°218.7°0h 46.3m10° 9'Pisces-56.6°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,84210.644.8°223.9°0h 39.1m9° 45'Pisces-57.8°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,72510.942.7°228.2°0h 34.1m9° 28'Pisces-58.9°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,57511.240.7°231.9°0h 30.4m9° 14'Pisces-60.0°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,39711.538.8°235.2°0h 27.5m9° 3'Pisces-60.9°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,19811.837.0°238.2°0h 25.3m8° 54'Pisces-61.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,98112.035.1°241.0°0h 23.5m8° 47'Pisces-62.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,74812.233.3°243.7°0h 22.0m8° 41'Pisces-63.0°
 

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