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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, 02:30:3086,15714.0-27.4°103.3°14h 19.4m-28° 44'Hydra-39.9°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,36913.8-25.7°105.2°14h 18.3m-28° 47'Hydra-38.4°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,55813.6-24.0°107.1°14h 17.1m-28° 50'Hydra-36.8°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,71913.4-22.2°109.1°14h 15.5m-28° 54'Hydra-35.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,84813.1-20.5°111.2°14h 13.6m-28° 59'Hydra-33.6°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,93712.8-18.7°113.4°14h 11.1m-29° 5'Hydra-31.9°
Nov 27, 03:30:3044,97612.5-16.8°115.7°14h 7.9m-29° 14'Hydra-30.3°
Nov 27, 03:40:3037,95012.1-14.9°118.3°14h 3.4m-29° 25'Hydra-28.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3030,83611.6-12.8°121.4°13h 56.9m-29° 42'Hydra-27.1°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,59710.9-10.4°125.2°13h 46.5m-30° 11'Centaurus-25.5°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,16610.0-7.4°130.9°13h 27.0m-31° 11'Centaurus-23.9°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,4688.3-3.2°143.8°12h 34.4m-34° 18'Centaurus-22.2°
Nov 27, 04:30:302,995--4.3°233.6°5h 28.8m-26° 12'Lepus-20.6°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,896--14.6°297.0°1h 52.1m5° 14'Pisces-19.0°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,5878.8-19.2°308.6°1h 14.6m7° 29'Pisces-17.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,9589.6-22.0°314.9°0h 58.6m7° 53'Pisces-15.9°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,12610.1-24.0°319.5°0h 49.6m7° 59'Pisces-14.3°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,15910.6-25.6°323.4°0h 43.8m8° 0'Pisces-12.8°
Nov 27, 05:30:3046,09610.9-26.9°327.0°0h 39.8m7° 59'Pisces-11.2°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,96111.3-28.0°330.4°0h 36.8m7° 58'Pisces-9.7°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,76911.5-29.0°333.7°0h 34.5m7° 56'Pisces-8.2°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,53011.8-29.8°337.0°0h 32.7m7° 55'Pisces-6.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,25212.0-30.5°340.2°0h 31.2m7° 54'Pisces-5.3°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,93912.2-31.1°343.3°0h 29.9m7° 53'Pisces-3.8°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,59612.3-31.5°346.5°0h 28.9m7° 52'Pisces-2.4°
 

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