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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, 02:30:3088,43513.9-53.1°290.2°13h 58.7m-27° 54'Hydra-27.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3081,95713.7-54.9°293.7°13h 56.4m-27° 45'Hydra-28.6°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,45613.5-56.7°297.6°13h 53.8m-27° 36'Hydra-30.3°
Nov 27, 03:00:3068,93113.3-58.4°302.0°13h 50.7m-27° 24'Hydra-31.9°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,37613.0-60.0°307.0°13h 47.0m-27° 9'Hydra-33.5°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,78812.8-61.6°312.9°13h 42.4m-26° 51'Hydra-35.1°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,16112.5-63.1°319.9°13h 36.6m-26° 28'Hydra-36.8°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,48612.1-64.3°328.4°13h 29.1m-25° 57'Hydra-38.4°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,75211.6-65.1°339.1°13h 18.8m-25° 13'Hydra-40.0°
Nov 27, 04:00:3028,94311.1-65.0°352.7°13h 4.0m-24° 6'Hydra-41.5°
Nov 27, 04:10:3022,03210.4-62.9°10.3°12h 40.5m-22° 11'Corvus-43.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,9789.3-56.0°32.3°11h 57.2m-18° 23'Corvus-44.6°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,938--34.1°61.1°10h 11.8m-9° 14'Sextans-46.1°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,459-31.3°112.9°5h 3.0m10° 2'Orion-47.6°
Nov 27, 04:50:3011,0827.752.7°168.0°2h 10.4m12° 11'Aries-49.1°
Nov 27, 05:00:3017,9798.851.7°191.4°1h 22.1m11° 9'Pisces-50.5°
Nov 27, 05:10:3024,9569.649.4°203.0°1h 0.9m10° 25'Pisces-51.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:3031,89810.147.4°210.6°0h 48.9m9° 55'Pisces-53.1°
Nov 27, 05:30:3038,79610.645.4°216.3°0h 41.3m9° 34'Pisces-54.4°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,65610.943.6°221.0°0h 35.9m9° 19'Pisces-55.6°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,48511.241.9°225.0°0h 32.0m9° 6'Pisces-56.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,28711.540.2°228.7°0h 28.9m8° 57'Pisces-57.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,07011.838.5°232.0°0h 26.5m8° 49'Pisces-58.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,83512.036.8°235.1°0h 24.6m8° 42'Pisces-59.5°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,58612.235.2°238.0°0h 23.0m8° 36'Pisces-60.3°
 

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