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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, 02:30:3086,89514.0-34.8°93.8°14h 18.3m-28° 34'Hydra-46.3°
Nov 27, 02:40:3080,12113.8-33.1°95.9°14h 17.3m-28° 35'Hydra-44.9°
Nov 27, 02:50:3073,32313.6-31.4°97.9°14h 16.0m-28° 37'Hydra-43.5°
Nov 27, 03:00:3066,49613.4-29.7°100.1°14h 14.5m-28° 39'Hydra-42.1°
Nov 27, 03:10:3059,63513.1-27.9°102.2°14h 12.7m-28° 42'Hydra-40.6°
Nov 27, 03:20:3052,73212.9-26.0°104.5°14h 10.3m-28° 46'Hydra-39.1°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,77712.5-24.1°106.8°14h 7.2m-28° 51'Hydra-37.6°
Nov 27, 03:40:3038,75512.1-22.1°109.4°14h 3.0m-28° 57'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 27, 03:50:3031,64211.6-19.9°112.3°13h 56.9m-29° 8'Hydra-34.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3024,39711.0-17.3°115.9°13h 47.3m-29° 26'Hydra-33.0°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,94810.1-14.0°121.1°13h 30.0m-30° 4'Hydra-31.4°
Nov 27, 04:20:309,1748.5-9.1°131.9°12h 46.4m-32° 15'Centaurus-29.9°
Nov 27, 04:30:302,581--1.0°209.0°6h 31.8m-34° 3'Columba-28.3°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,061--8.0°288.5°1h 46.9m4° 56'Pisces-26.7°
Nov 27, 04:50:3016,8128.7-12.7°299.7°1h 9.5m7° 24'Pisces-25.2°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,2309.5-15.6°305.5°0h 54.2m7° 50'Pisces-23.6°
Nov 27, 05:10:3031,43710.1-17.8°309.6°0h 45.8m7° 56'Pisces-22.1°
Nov 27, 05:20:3038,50710.6-19.6°313.2°0h 40.5m7° 57'Pisces-20.5°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,48010.9-21.2°316.4°0h 36.7m7° 56'Pisces-19.0°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,37911.2-22.5°319.5°0h 34.0m7° 55'Pisces-17.5°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,22211.5-23.7°322.5°0h 31.9m7° 54'Pisces-15.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,01711.7-24.8°325.4°0h 30.2m7° 52'Pisces-14.4°
Nov 27, 06:10:3072,77412.0-25.8°328.3°0h 28.9m7° 51'Pisces-12.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,49712.2-26.7°331.3°0h 27.8m7° 50'Pisces-11.5°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,19012.3-27.5°334.2°0h 26.9m7° 50'Pisces-10.0°
 

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