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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, 02:30:3086,90814.0-35.0°93.5°14h 18.2m-28° 34'Hydra-46.4°
Nov 27, 02:40:3080,13613.8-33.3°95.6°14h 17.2m-28° 35'Hydra-45.0°
Nov 27, 02:50:3073,33913.6-31.6°97.7°14h 16.0m-28° 37'Hydra-43.6°
Nov 27, 03:00:3066,51313.4-29.8°99.8°14h 14.5m-28° 39'Hydra-42.1°
Nov 27, 03:10:3059,65213.1-28.0°102.0°14h 12.6m-28° 42'Hydra-40.7°
Nov 27, 03:20:3052,75012.9-26.2°104.2°14h 10.3m-28° 46'Hydra-39.2°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,79612.5-24.3°106.6°14h 7.1m-28° 51'Hydra-37.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3038,77512.1-22.3°109.2°14h 2.9m-28° 58'Hydra-36.2°
Nov 27, 03:50:3031,66211.6-20.0°112.1°13h 56.8m-29° 8'Hydra-34.6°
Nov 27, 04:00:3024,41811.0-17.5°115.8°13h 47.2m-29° 26'Hydra-33.1°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,97010.1-14.2°121.0°13h 29.8m-30° 4'Hydra-31.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:309,1978.5-9.3°131.7°12h 46.3m-32° 14'Centaurus-30.0°
Nov 27, 04:30:302,589--1.1°208.3°6h 34.0m-34° 14'Columba-28.4°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,040--7.8°288.2°1h 47.1m4° 52'Pisces-26.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3016,7898.7-12.5°299.6°1h 9.6m7° 23'Pisces-25.3°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,2079.5-15.5°305.3°0h 54.3m7° 49'Pisces-23.8°
Nov 27, 05:10:3031,41510.1-17.6°309.5°0h 45.8m7° 55'Pisces-22.2°
Nov 27, 05:20:3038,48410.6-19.4°313.0°0h 40.4m7° 56'Pisces-20.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,45710.9-21.0°316.3°0h 36.7m7° 55'Pisces-19.2°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,35711.2-22.3°319.3°0h 34.0m7° 54'Pisces-17.6°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,20011.5-23.5°322.3°0h 31.9m7° 53'Pisces-16.1°
Nov 27, 06:00:3065,99611.7-24.6°325.2°0h 30.2m7° 52'Pisces-14.6°
Nov 27, 06:10:3072,75312.0-25.6°328.2°0h 28.9m7° 51'Pisces-13.1°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,47612.2-26.5°331.1°0h 27.8m7° 50'Pisces-11.6°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,16912.3-27.3°334.0°0h 26.9m7° 49'Pisces-10.2°
 

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