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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, 02:30:3086,71114.0-32.9°96.8°14h 18.8m-28° 33'Hydra-45.3°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,93113.8-31.2°98.7°14h 17.8m-28° 35'Hydra-43.8°
Nov 27, 02:50:3073,12513.6-29.4°100.7°14h 16.6m-28° 37'Hydra-42.3°
Nov 27, 03:00:3066,29113.4-27.7°102.8°14h 15.2m-28° 39'Hydra-40.8°
Nov 27, 03:10:3059,42213.1-25.8°104.8°14h 13.4m-28° 42'Hydra-39.2°
Nov 27, 03:20:3052,51312.8-24.0°107.0°14h 11.0m-28° 46'Hydra-37.6°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,55112.5-22.0°109.3°14h 8.0m-28° 51'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 27, 03:40:3038,52212.1-20.0°111.8°14h 3.8m-28° 59'Hydra-34.5°
Nov 27, 03:50:3031,40211.6-17.7°114.7°13h 57.8m-29° 10'Hydra-32.9°
Nov 27, 04:00:3024,15011.0-15.2°118.2°13h 48.2m-29° 29'Hydra-31.3°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,69510.1-11.9°123.4°13h 30.8m-30° 11'Centaurus-29.7°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,9168.5-7.0°134.3°12h 46.4m-32° 31'Centaurus-28.0°
Nov 27, 04:30:302,559--0.8°217.0°6h 6.5m-31° 41'Columba-26.4°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,307--10.0°291.1°1h 45.8m5° 25'Pisces-24.8°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,0648.7-14.8°302.0°1h 9.6m7° 38'Pisces-23.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,4809.5-17.8°307.7°0h 54.6m8° 0'Pisces-21.6°
Nov 27, 05:10:3031,68410.1-20.0°311.9°0h 46.2m8° 3'Pisces-20.0°
Nov 27, 05:20:3038,75010.6-21.8°315.5°0h 40.9m8° 3'Pisces-18.5°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,71810.9-23.4°318.8°0h 37.1m8° 1'Pisces-16.9°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,61311.2-24.7°321.9°0h 34.4m7° 59'Pisces-15.3°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,45011.5-25.9°325.0°0h 32.3m7° 58'Pisces-13.8°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,24011.8-27.0°328.0°0h 30.6m7° 56'Pisces-12.2°
Nov 27, 06:10:3072,99012.0-27.9°331.0°0h 29.3m7° 55'Pisces-10.7°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,70712.2-28.8°333.9°0h 28.2m7° 54'Pisces-9.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,39312.3-29.5°336.9°0h 27.3m7° 53'Pisces-7.7°
 

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