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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, 03:30:3085,63614.0-22.4°108.9°14h 20.0m-28° 49'Hydra-35.6°
Nov 27, 03:40:3078,83913.8-20.7°110.8°14h 19.0m-28° 52'Hydra-34.0°
Nov 27, 03:50:3072,02013.6-18.9°112.6°14h 17.7m-28° 56'Hydra-32.3°
Nov 27, 04:00:3065,17513.4-17.2°114.6°14h 16.1m-29° 1'Hydra-30.6°
Nov 27, 04:10:3058,29713.1-15.4°116.6°14h 14.1m-29° 7'Hydra-28.9°
Nov 27, 04:20:3051,38212.8-13.7°118.8°14h 11.6m-29° 14'Hydra-27.2°
Nov 27, 04:30:3044,41712.5-11.8°121.1°14h 8.2m-29° 24'Hydra-25.5°
Nov 27, 04:40:3037,39012.0-9.9°123.7°14h 3.6m-29° 38'Hydra-23.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3030,27611.5-7.8°126.8°13h 56.7m-29° 59'Hydra-22.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3023,04210.9-5.5°130.8°13h 45.7m-30° 33'Centaurus-20.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3015,6269.9-2.7°136.9°13h 24.6m-31° 44'Centaurus-18.9°
Nov 27, 05:20:307,9898.11.0°151.4°12h 24.6m-35° 20'Centaurus-17.2°
Nov 27, 05:30:303,341--6.8°247.0°5h 1.9m-20° 30'Lepus-15.6°
Nov 27, 05:40:3010,448--18.8°302.2°1h 55.4m5° 47'Pisces-13.9°
Nov 27, 05:50:3018,1008.8-23.5°314.0°1h 17.9m7° 45'Pisces-12.3°
Nov 27, 06:00:3025,4409.6-26.2°320.6°1h 1.5m8° 5'Pisces-10.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3032,58010.2-28.1°325.6°0h 52.1m8° 8'Pisces-9.1°
Nov 27, 06:20:3039,58810.6-29.6°329.8°0h 46.0m8° 8'Pisces-7.6°
Nov 27, 06:30:3046,50211.0-30.8°333.7°0h 41.8m8° 6'Pisces-6.0°
Nov 27, 06:40:3053,34311.3-31.7°337.3°0h 38.6m8° 4'Pisces-4.5°
Nov 27, 06:50:3060,12811.5-32.5°340.8°0h 36.2m8° 2'Pisces-3.0°
Nov 27, 07:00:3066,86611.8-33.1°344.3°0h 34.3m8° 1'Pisces-1.6°
Nov 27, 07:10:3073,56412.0-33.6°347.7°0h 32.7m7° 59'Pisces-0.1°
Nov 27, 07:20:3080,22812.2-34.0°351.0°0h 31.4m7° 58'Pisces1.3°
Nov 27, 07:30:3086,86212.3-34.3°354.3°0h 30.2m7° 57'Pisces2.7°
 

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