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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, 02:30:3088,29413.9-51.2°293.5°13h 59.2m-28° 9'Hydra-26.4°
Nov 27, 02:40:3081,80713.7-52.8°297.1°13h 56.9m-28° 2'Hydra-27.9°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,29813.5-54.3°301.0°13h 54.3m-27° 54'Hydra-29.4°
Nov 27, 03:00:3068,76513.3-55.8°305.3°13h 51.1m-27° 44'Hydra-30.9°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,20313.0-57.3°310.2°13h 47.4m-27° 32'Hydra-32.4°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,60812.8-58.7°315.8°13h 42.7m-27° 16'Hydra-33.9°
Nov 27, 03:30:3048,97512.4-60.0°322.3°13h 36.9m-26° 57'Hydra-35.4°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,29412.1-61.0°330.1°13h 29.2m-26° 30'Hydra-36.8°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,55511.6-61.7°339.6°13h 18.8m-25° 52'Hydra-38.3°
Nov 27, 04:00:3028,74111.1-61.7°351.8°13h 3.6m-24° 53'Hydra-39.7°
Nov 27, 04:10:3021,82710.4-60.0°7.9°12h 39.4m-23° 12'Corvus-41.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,7809.3-54.0°29.8°11h 54.3m-19° 47'Crater-42.5°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,812--33.4°61.5°10h 2.8m-11° 28'Sextans-43.9°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,683-27.7°118.4°4h 53.4m6° 47'Orion-45.2°
Nov 27, 04:50:3011,3737.746.9°167.7°2h 10.8m10° 26'Cetus-46.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3018,2588.846.8°188.4°1h 23.5m10° 5'Pisces-47.7°
Nov 27, 05:10:3025,2209.645.3°199.3°1h 2.3m9° 39'Pisces-48.9°
Nov 27, 05:20:3032,14810.143.7°206.6°0h 50.3m9° 20'Pisces-50.1°
Nov 27, 05:30:3039,03310.642.1°212.2°0h 42.5m9° 6'Pisces-51.2°
Nov 27, 05:40:3045,88010.940.7°216.9°0h 37.0m8° 55'Pisces-52.3°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,69611.239.2°221.0°0h 33.0m8° 46'Pisces-53.2°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,48511.537.7°224.7°0h 29.9m8° 38'Pisces-54.1°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,25411.836.3°228.1°0h 27.5m8° 32'Pisces-55.0°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,00512.034.8°231.3°0h 25.5m8° 27'Pisces-55.7°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,74312.233.4°234.3°0h 23.9m8° 23'Pisces-56.4°
 

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