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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, 02:30:3088,56013.9-54.9°302.1°14h 0.4m-28° 4'Hydra-30.9°
Nov 27, 02:40:3082,05413.7-56.3°306.1°13h 58.2m-27° 57'Hydra-32.4°
Nov 27, 02:50:3075,52513.5-57.7°310.5°13h 55.8m-27° 48'Hydra-33.9°
Nov 27, 03:00:3068,97013.3-59.0°315.4°13h 52.8m-27° 39'Hydra-35.4°
Nov 27, 03:10:3062,38413.1-60.2°320.9°13h 49.3m-27° 27'Hydra-36.8°
Nov 27, 03:20:3055,76412.8-61.2°327.1°13h 44.9m-27° 12'Hydra-38.3°
Nov 27, 03:30:3049,10112.5-62.0°334.2°13h 39.4m-26° 52'Hydra-39.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3042,38812.1-62.6°342.5°13h 32.2m-26° 26'Hydra-41.1°
Nov 27, 03:50:3035,61011.7-62.6°352.3°13h 22.3m-25° 50'Hydra-42.5°
Nov 27, 04:00:3028,74711.1-61.8°4.1°13h 8.0m-24° 53'Hydra-43.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3021,76610.4-59.2°18.9°12h 45.1m-23° 17'Hydra-45.2°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,6109.3-52.3°38.0°12h 2.1m-20° 2'Corvus-46.5°
Nov 27, 04:30:307,428--31.1°66.8°10h 12.5m-12° 5'Hydra-47.7°
Nov 27, 04:40:305,325-33.6°129.3°4h 38.7m7° 12'Taurus-48.9°
Nov 27, 04:50:3011,3457.747.4°182.3°2h 0.5m10° 27'Pisces-50.1°
Nov 27, 05:00:3018,3498.945.3°201.1°1h 17.3m10° 1'Pisces-51.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3025,3749.643.0°210.7°0h 57.9m9° 35'Pisces-52.2°
Nov 27, 05:20:3032,34610.241.0°217.1°0h 46.9m9° 16'Pisces-53.2°
Nov 27, 05:30:3039,26610.639.1°222.0°0h 39.9m9° 2'Pisces-54.1°
Nov 27, 05:40:3046,14111.037.4°226.2°0h 34.9m8° 51'Pisces-54.9°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,98211.335.7°229.9°0h 31.2m8° 43'Pisces-55.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,79411.534.1°233.2°0h 28.4m8° 36'Pisces-56.3°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,58311.832.5°236.3°0h 26.2m8° 30'Pisces-56.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3073,35412.031.0°239.2°0h 24.4m8° 25'Pisces-57.3°
Nov 27, 06:30:3080,10812.229.4°242.0°0h 22.9m8° 21'Pisces-57.7°
 

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