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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, 02:30:3088,58013.9-55.2°299.9°14h 0.1m-28° 0'Hydra-30.7°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,07913.7-56.7°303.9°13h 58.0m-27° 52'Hydra-32.2°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,55513.5-58.2°308.3°13h 55.4m-27° 43'Hydra-33.7°
Nov 27, 03:00:3069,00413.3-59.5°313.2°13h 52.5m-27° 33'Hydra-35.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,42413.1-60.8°318.7°13h 48.9m-27° 20'Hydra-36.8°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,80812.8-62.0°325.0°13h 44.6m-27° 4'Hydra-38.3°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,15012.5-62.9°332.2°13h 39.0m-26° 44'Hydra-39.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,44212.1-63.5°340.7°13h 31.8m-26° 17'Hydra-41.2°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,67011.7-63.6°350.9°13h 22.0m-25° 38'Hydra-42.6°
Nov 27, 04:00:3028,81411.1-62.8°3.2°13h 7.7m-24° 38'Hydra-44.1°
Nov 27, 04:10:3021,84110.4-60.2°18.4°12h 44.8m-22° 57'Hydra-45.4°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,6949.3-53.1°37.8°12h 2.2m-19° 34'Corvus-46.8°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,510--31.6°65.9°10h 14.4m-11° 17'Sextans-48.1°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,282-34.4°126.2°4h 43.3m8° 12'Taurus-49.4°
Nov 27, 04:50:3011,2517.749.2°181.1°2h 1.4m10° 59'Aries-50.6°
Nov 27, 05:00:3018,2478.947.0°200.7°1h 17.4m10° 21'Pisces-51.8°
Nov 27, 05:10:3025,2719.644.5°210.6°0h 57.9m9° 50'Pisces-52.9°
Nov 27, 05:20:3032,24310.242.4°217.1°0h 46.9m9° 28'Pisces-53.9°
Nov 27, 05:30:3039,16310.640.4°222.1°0h 39.7m9° 11'Pisces-54.9°
Nov 27, 05:40:3046,04010.938.6°226.3°0h 34.7m8° 59'Pisces-55.8°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,88211.336.9°230.0°0h 31.1m8° 49'Pisces-56.6°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,69711.535.2°233.4°0h 28.2m8° 41'Pisces-57.3°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,48811.833.6°236.5°0h 26.0m8° 35'Pisces-57.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,26112.032.0°239.4°0h 24.2m8° 30'Pisces-58.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3080,01812.230.4°242.1°0h 22.7m8° 25'Pisces-58.8°
 

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