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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, 02:30:3085,93313.8-25.2°254.3°13h 57.1m-29° 20'Hydra-3.2°
Nov 27, 02:40:3079,48113.6-26.8°257.0°13h 54.1m-29° 17'Hydra-4.2°
Nov 27, 02:50:3073,01713.4-28.4°259.7°13h 50.7m-29° 14'Hydra-5.2°
Nov 27, 03:00:3066,53813.2-30.1°262.7°13h 46.5m-29° 10'Hydra-6.2°
Nov 27, 03:10:3060,04212.9-31.9°265.9°13h 41.5m-29° 5'Hydra-7.3°
Nov 27, 03:20:3053,52812.6-33.8°269.5°13h 35.4m-28° 57'Hydra-8.4°
Nov 27, 03:30:3046,99412.3-35.9°273.5°13h 27.5m-28° 46'Hydra-9.5°
Nov 27, 03:40:3040,43811.9-38.2°278.3°13h 17.2m-28° 31'Hydra-10.6°
Nov 27, 03:50:3033,86211.4-40.8°284.4°13h 2.9m-28° 5'Hydra-11.8°
Nov 27, 04:00:3027,27710.9-43.8°292.8°12h 41.8m-27° 20'Hydra-12.9°
Nov 27, 04:10:3020,72410.1-47.3°306.1°12h 7.8m-25° 50'Hydra-14.1°
Nov 27, 04:20:3014,3589.0-49.9°331.8°11h 4.5m-22° 13'Crater-15.3°
Nov 27, 04:30:309,029--40.8°23.8°8h 44.8m-12° 40'Hydra-16.5°
Nov 27, 04:40:308,657--4.6°78.6°4h 56.5m1° 37'Orion-17.7°
Nov 27, 04:50:3013,5698.117.2°106.4°2h 47.5m6° 54'Cetus-19.0°
Nov 27, 05:00:3019,8609.025.4°120.9°1h 53.9m8° 1'Pisces-20.2°
Nov 27, 05:10:3026,4369.629.5°130.2°1h 26.7m8° 16'Pisces-21.4°
Nov 27, 05:20:3033,07410.231.9°137.2°1h 10.5m8° 20'Pisces-22.7°
Nov 27, 05:30:3039,72010.633.6°143.0°0h 59.7m8° 19'Pisces-23.9°
Nov 27, 05:40:3046,35710.934.8°148.1°0h 51.9m8° 17'Pisces-25.2°
Nov 27, 05:50:3052,98211.235.7°152.8°0h 46.1m8° 15'Pisces-26.4°
Nov 27, 06:00:3059,59311.536.4°157.2°0h 41.6m8° 13'Pisces-27.7°
Nov 27, 06:10:3066,19211.737.0°161.3°0h 38.0m8° 11'Pisces-28.9°
Nov 27, 06:20:3072,78211.937.4°165.3°0h 35.1m8° 9'Pisces-30.2°
Nov 27, 06:30:3079,36312.137.8°169.2°0h 32.6m8° 7'Pisces-31.4°
 

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