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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, 02:30:3085,55314.0-21.6°110.7°14h 17.9m-29° 16'Hydra-31.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3078,78813.8-20.2°112.9°14h 16.6m-29° 21'Hydra-29.5°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,00113.6-18.8°115.1°14h 15.0m-29° 27'Hydra-28.1°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,19013.3-17.4°117.4°14h 13.1m-29° 34'Hydra-26.7°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,34913.1-15.9°119.8°14h 10.7m-29° 42'Hydra-25.3°
Nov 27, 03:20:3051,47212.8-14.5°122.3°14h 7.6m-29° 53'Hydra-23.9°
Nov 27, 03:30:3044,55012.4-13.0°125.1°14h 3.5m-30° 7'Centaurus-22.5°
Nov 27, 03:40:3037,57112.0-11.5°128.2°13h 57.9m-30° 27'Centaurus-21.1°
Nov 27, 03:50:3030,51411.5-9.9°131.9°13h 49.7m-30° 55'Centaurus-19.7°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,35210.8-8.2°136.7°13h 36.4m-31° 41'Centaurus-18.3°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,0449.9-6.4°144.1°13h 11.1m-33° 7'Centaurus-16.9°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,6308.2-4.6°161.0°12h 0.7m-36° 47'Centaurus-15.5°
Nov 27, 04:30:304,082--11.7°242.8°5h 39.9m-24° 54'Lepus-14.1°
Nov 27, 04:40:3010,317--17.8°304.1°2h 13.1m2° 48'Cetus-12.8°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,7708.8-20.7°318.9°1h 27.7m6° 7'Pisces-11.5°
Nov 27, 05:00:3025,0159.6-22.5°326.6°1h 8.1m6° 57'Pisces-10.1°
Nov 27, 05:10:3032,09210.1-23.7°332.2°0h 57.0m7° 17'Pisces-8.8°
Nov 27, 05:20:3039,05210.6-24.6°336.7°0h 49.9m7° 26'Pisces-7.6°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,92410.9-25.3°340.7°0h 44.9m7° 31'Pisces-6.3°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,73111.2-25.8°344.5°0h 41.2m7° 34'Pisces-5.1°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,48411.5-26.2°348.0°0h 38.4m7° 36'Pisces-3.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3066,19311.7-26.5°351.4°0h 36.1m7° 37'Pisces-2.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3072,86512.0-26.7°354.7°0h 34.2m7° 38'Pisces-1.6°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,50512.1-26.8°357.9°0h 32.7m7° 38'Pisces-0.4°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,11712.3-26.8°1.0°0h 31.4m7° 39'Pisces0.7°
 

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