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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, 02:30:3086,21014.0-27.9°101.6°14h 17.8m-29° 2'Hydra-37.4°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,44513.8-26.4°103.8°14h 16.6m-29° 6'Hydra-36.1°
Nov 27, 02:50:3072,65813.6-24.9°106.0°14h 15.1m-29° 10'Hydra-34.7°
Nov 27, 03:00:3065,84413.4-23.4°108.3°14h 13.4m-29° 15'Hydra-33.3°
Nov 27, 03:10:3058,99813.1-21.9°110.6°14h 11.2m-29° 22'Hydra-31.9°
Nov 27, 03:20:3052,11412.8-20.3°113.1°14h 8.4m-29° 30'Hydra-30.5°
Nov 27, 03:30:3045,18212.5-18.7°115.8°14h 4.7m-29° 41'Hydra-29.1°
Nov 27, 03:40:3038,18912.1-17.0°118.7°13h 59.6m-29° 56'Hydra-27.7°
Nov 27, 03:50:3031,11211.6-15.2°122.2°13h 52.2m-30° 18'Centaurus-26.3°
Nov 27, 04:00:3023,91810.9-13.2°126.6°13h 40.5m-30° 53'Centaurus-24.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3016,55310.0-10.7°133.2°13h 18.6m-32° 3'Centaurus-23.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:308,9798.4-7.5°147.5°12h 20.5m-35° 16'Hydra-22.1°
Nov 27, 04:30:303,498--7.9°226.8°6h 2.8m-29° 44'Columba-20.7°
Nov 27, 04:40:309,680--12.9°295.6°2h 4.3m2° 54'Pisces-19.3°
Nov 27, 04:50:3017,2448.7-16.3°309.3°1h 20.8m6° 15'Pisces-17.9°
Nov 27, 05:00:3024,5599.5-18.5°316.4°1h 2.6m7° 3'Pisces-16.6°
Nov 27, 05:10:3031,69010.1-20.1°321.4°0h 52.5m7° 20'Pisces-15.2°
Nov 27, 05:20:3038,69610.6-21.3°325.6°0h 46.0m7° 28'Pisces-13.9°
Nov 27, 05:30:3045,61210.9-22.4°329.3°0h 41.5m7° 33'Pisces-12.5°
Nov 27, 05:40:3052,45811.2-23.2°332.7°0h 38.2m7° 35'Pisces-11.2°
Nov 27, 05:50:3059,25011.5-24.0°336.0°0h 35.6m7° 36'Pisces-9.9°
Nov 27, 06:00:3065,99611.7-24.6°339.2°0h 33.6m7° 37'Pisces-8.6°
Nov 27, 06:10:3072,70512.0-25.2°342.4°0h 31.9m7° 38'Pisces-7.4°
Nov 27, 06:20:3079,38212.1-25.6°345.5°0h 30.6m7° 38'Pisces-6.1°
Nov 27, 06:30:3086,02912.3-25.9°348.5°0h 29.4m7° 39'Pisces-4.9°
 

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