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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, 02:30:3085,68414.0-22.9°108.5°14h 19.4m-28° 56'Hydra-35.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3078,89613.8-21.2°110.4°14h 18.3m-29° 0'Hydra-33.4°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,08613.6-19.6°112.4°14h 17.0m-29° 4'Hydra-31.8°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,25013.4-17.9°114.5°14h 15.3m-29° 9'Hydra-30.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,38213.1-16.2°116.6°14h 13.2m-29° 16'Hydra-28.6°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,47712.8-14.5°118.9°14h 10.5m-29° 24'Hydra-27.0°
Nov 27, 03:30:3044,52312.5-12.8°121.3°14h 7.0m-29° 36'Hydra-25.4°
Nov 27, 03:40:3037,50812.0-11.0°124.1°14h 2.1m-29° 51'Hydra-23.8°
Nov 27, 03:50:3030,40911.5-9.0°127.3°13h 55.0m-30° 13'Centaurus-22.2°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,19110.9-6.8°131.5°13h 43.4m-30° 51'Centaurus-20.6°
Nov 27, 04:10:3015,8009.9-4.2°137.9°13h 21.5m-32° 6'Centaurus-19.0°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,2118.2-1.0°152.9°12h 19.5m-35° 45'Centaurus-17.4°
Nov 27, 04:30:303,486--7.8°243.7°5h 15.5m-22° 45'Lepus-15.8°
Nov 27, 04:40:3010,341--18.0°301.9°1h 59.5m4° 51'Pisces-14.3°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,9508.8-22.2°314.5°1h 20.0m7° 15'Pisces-12.8°
Nov 27, 05:00:3025,2719.6-24.7°321.4°1h 2.8m7° 44'Pisces-11.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,39910.2-26.5°326.4°0h 53.1m7° 52'Pisces-9.7°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,39810.6-27.8°330.7°0h 46.8m7° 54'Pisces-8.2°
Nov 27, 05:30:3046,30410.9-28.9°334.6°0h 42.3m7° 55'Pisces-6.8°
Nov 27, 05:40:3053,14011.3-29.7°338.2°0h 39.1m7° 54'Pisces-5.3°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,92011.5-30.4°341.7°0h 36.5m7° 54'Pisces-3.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,65311.8-31.0°345.1°0h 34.5m7° 53'Pisces-2.5°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,34712.0-31.4°348.5°0h 32.9m7° 52'Pisces-1.1°
Nov 27, 06:20:3080,00812.2-31.8°351.8°0h 31.5m7° 52'Pisces0.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,63912.3-32.0°355.0°0h 30.4m7° 51'Pisces1.5°
 

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