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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, 02:30:3086,73814.0-33.2°96.9°14h 19.0m-28° 29'Hydra-46.1°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,95413.8-31.4°98.9°14h 18.1m-28° 30'Hydra-44.6°
Nov 27, 02:50:3073,14513.6-29.6°100.8°14h 16.9m-28° 32'Hydra-43.0°
Nov 27, 03:00:3066,30713.4-27.8°102.8°14h 15.5m-28° 34'Hydra-41.5°
Nov 27, 03:10:3059,43413.1-25.9°104.8°14h 13.7m-28° 36'Hydra-39.9°
Nov 27, 03:20:3052,52012.9-24.0°106.9°14h 11.5m-28° 40'Hydra-38.3°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,55412.5-22.1°109.1°14h 8.5m-28° 44'Hydra-36.6°
Nov 27, 03:40:3038,52012.1-20.0°111.5°14h 4.4m-28° 51'Hydra-35.0°
Nov 27, 03:50:3031,39411.6-17.7°114.3°13h 58.6m-29° 0'Hydra-33.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3024,13511.0-15.0°117.7°13h 49.3m-29° 18'Hydra-31.7°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,66810.1-11.7°122.7°13h 32.5m-29° 55'Hydra-30.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,8668.5-6.6°133.2°12h 49.6m-32° 7'Centaurus-28.5°
Nov 27, 04:30:302,435-0.3°217.4°6h 3.0m-31° 18'Columba-26.8°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,308--10.0°291.3°1h 43.3m5° 55'Pisces-25.2°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,0888.7-15.0°301.7°1h 8.2m7° 54'Pisces-23.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,5169.5-18.1°307.2°0h 53.6m8° 10'Pisces-21.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3031,72710.1-20.4°311.3°0h 45.5m8° 11'Pisces-20.3°
Nov 27, 05:20:3038,79910.6-22.3°314.8°0h 40.3m8° 9'Pisces-18.6°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,77310.9-23.9°318.0°0h 36.7m8° 7'Pisces-17.0°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,67311.2-25.3°321.1°0h 34.0m8° 4'Pisces-15.4°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,51511.5-26.5°324.1°0h 32.0m8° 2'Pisces-13.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,30911.8-27.6°327.1°0h 30.4m8° 0'Pisces-12.3°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,06312.0-28.6°330.1°0h 29.0m7° 58'Pisces-10.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,78312.2-29.5°333.1°0h 28.0m7° 57'Pisces-9.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,47312.3-30.3°336.0°0h 27.1m7° 55'Pisces-7.7°
 

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