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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, 02:30:3085,91014.0-25.0°106.1°14h 19.7m-28° 46'Hydra-37.9°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,11813.8-23.3°107.9°14h 18.7m-28° 49'Hydra-36.3°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,30213.6-21.6°109.9°14h 17.4m-28° 53'Hydra-34.7°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,46013.4-19.8°111.8°14h 15.9m-28° 57'Hydra-33.0°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,58513.1-18.1°113.9°14h 13.9m-29° 2'Hydra-31.4°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,67112.8-16.3°116.0°14h 11.4m-29° 9'Hydra-29.7°
Nov 27, 03:30:3044,70712.5-14.4°118.3°14h 8.1m-29° 18'Hydra-28.1°
Nov 27, 03:40:3037,68012.1-12.5°120.9°14h 3.6m-29° 31'Hydra-26.4°
Nov 27, 03:50:3030,56511.6-10.4°124.0°13h 56.9m-29° 50'Hydra-24.8°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,32710.9-8.0°127.9°13h 46.3m-30° 21'Centaurus-23.1°
Nov 27, 04:10:3015,9029.9-5.1°133.8°13h 26.1m-31° 26'Centaurus-21.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,2288.2-1.1°147.4°12h 30.3m-34° 48'Centaurus-19.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:303,143--5.4°240.5°5h 13.9m-23° 21'Lepus-18.2°
Nov 27, 04:40:3010,165--16.7°299.6°1h 53.4m5° 31'Pisces-16.6°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,8408.8-21.3°311.2°1h 16.1m7° 37'Pisces-15.0°
Nov 27, 05:00:3025,1989.6-24.1°317.6°0h 59.9m7° 59'Pisces-13.4°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,35310.2-26.1°322.4°0h 50.7m8° 4'Pisces-11.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,37510.6-27.6°326.4°0h 44.8m8° 4'Pisces-10.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:3046,30111.0-28.8°330.2°0h 40.7m8° 3'Pisces-8.7°
Nov 27, 05:40:3053,15611.3-29.9°333.7°0h 37.6m8° 1'Pisces-7.2°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,95311.5-30.8°337.1°0h 35.3m7° 59'Pisces-5.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,70411.8-31.5°340.4°0h 33.4m7° 58'Pisces-4.2°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,41412.0-32.1°343.7°0h 31.9m7° 57'Pisces-2.8°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,09112.2-32.6°347.0°0h 30.6m7° 56'Pisces-1.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,73712.3-33.0°350.2°0h 29.5m7° 55'Pisces0.0°
 

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