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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, 03:30:3086,51414.0-30.9°99.2°14h 19.1m-28° 37'Hydra-43.5°
Nov 27, 03:40:3079,73013.8-29.2°101.2°14h 18.1m-28° 39'Hydra-41.9°
Nov 27, 03:50:3072,92113.6-27.4°103.1°14h 16.9m-28° 41'Hydra-40.4°
Nov 27, 04:00:3066,08413.4-25.7°105.1°14h 15.4m-28° 44'Hydra-38.8°
Nov 27, 04:10:3059,21313.1-23.9°107.2°14h 13.6m-28° 47'Hydra-37.2°
Nov 27, 04:20:3052,30212.8-22.0°109.3°14h 11.2m-28° 52'Hydra-35.6°
Nov 27, 04:30:3045,33912.5-20.1°111.6°14h 8.1m-28° 58'Hydra-34.0°
Nov 27, 04:40:3038,31012.1-18.1°114.1°14h 3.8m-29° 7'Hydra-32.4°
Nov 27, 04:50:3031,19011.6-15.9°117.0°13h 57.7m-29° 20'Hydra-30.8°
Nov 27, 05:00:3023,94111.0-13.3°120.7°13h 47.9m-29° 43'Hydra-29.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3016,49110.0-10.2°126.0°13h 29.9m-30° 31'Centaurus-27.6°
Nov 27, 05:20:308,7348.4-5.5°137.5°12h 43.0m-33° 8'Centaurus-26.0°
Nov 27, 05:30:302,685--1.9°223.7°5h 49.2m-29° 33'Columba-24.4°
Nov 27, 05:40:309,528--11.7°293.3°1h 47.6m5° 25'Pisces-22.7°
Nov 27, 05:50:3017,2668.8-16.5°304.4°1h 11.2m7° 37'Pisces-21.1°
Nov 27, 06:00:3024,6699.6-19.5°310.2°0h 55.9m7° 59'Pisces-19.5°
Nov 27, 06:10:3031,86210.1-21.6°314.6°0h 47.3m8° 3'Pisces-17.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3038,91710.6-23.4°318.3°0h 41.8m8° 2'Pisces-16.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3045,87510.9-24.8°321.7°0h 38.0m8° 1'Pisces-14.8°
Nov 27, 06:40:3052,76011.2-26.1°324.9°0h 35.2m7° 59'Pisces-13.3°
Nov 27, 06:50:3059,58711.5-27.2°328.0°0h 33.0m7° 58'Pisces-11.7°
Nov 27, 07:00:3066,36811.8-28.2°331.1°0h 31.3m7° 56'Pisces-10.2°
Nov 27, 07:10:3073,10812.0-29.1°334.2°0h 29.9m7° 55'Pisces-8.7°
Nov 27, 07:20:3079,81512.2-29.8°337.2°0h 28.8m7° 54'Pisces-7.2°
Nov 27, 07:30:3086,49112.3-30.5°340.3°0h 27.8m7° 53'Pisces-5.7°
 

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