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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, 02:30:3085,77414.0-23.7°107.5°14h 18.8m-29° 1'Hydra-34.8°
Nov 27, 02:40:3078,99513.8-22.1°109.5°14h 17.7m-29° 5'Hydra-33.3°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,19313.6-20.6°111.6°14h 16.3m-29° 10'Hydra-31.8°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,36613.4-19.0°113.8°14h 14.5m-29° 15'Hydra-30.3°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,50713.1-17.4°116.0°14h 12.4m-29° 22'Hydra-28.7°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,61112.8-15.7°118.3°14h 9.6m-29° 31'Hydra-27.2°
Nov 27, 03:30:3044,66712.5-14.1°120.9°14h 5.9m-29° 43'Hydra-25.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3037,66212.0-12.3°123.8°14h 0.9m-29° 59'Hydra-24.1°
Nov 27, 03:50:3030,57511.5-10.5°127.1°13h 53.5m-30° 23'Centaurus-22.6°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,37210.9-8.4°131.5°13h 41.6m-31° 2'Centaurus-21.1°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,0009.9-6.0°138.1°13h 19.1m-32° 19'Centaurus-19.6°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,4448.2-3.0°153.3°12h 16.4m-35° 56'Centaurus-18.1°
Nov 27, 04:30:303,584--8.5°240.0°5h 29.1m-24° 50'Lepus-16.6°
Nov 27, 04:40:3010,199--16.9°301.0°2h 2.8m4° 2'Pisces-15.1°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,7738.8-20.7°314.3°1h 21.5m6° 48'Pisces-13.6°
Nov 27, 05:00:3025,0809.6-23.0°321.3°1h 3.7m7° 26'Pisces-12.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,20010.1-24.7°326.5°0h 53.6m7° 38'Pisces-10.7°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,19410.6-25.9°330.8°0h 47.2m7° 43'Pisces-9.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:3046,09610.9-26.9°334.6°0h 42.6m7° 45'Pisces-7.9°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,92911.2-27.7°338.3°0h 39.3m7° 46'Pisces-6.5°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,70711.5-28.3°341.7°0h 36.7m7° 46'Pisces-5.2°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,43911.7-28.9°345.1°0h 34.6m7° 46'Pisces-3.8°
Nov 27, 06:10:3073,13212.0-29.3°348.4°0h 32.9m7° 46'Pisces-2.5°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,79212.2-29.6°351.6°0h 31.5m7° 46'Pisces-1.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,42312.3-29.8°354.8°0h 30.4m7° 46'Pisces0.0°
 

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