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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, 15:30:30
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, 13:30:3077,98513.657.4°280.4°13h 57.7m-24° 54'Hydra74.5°
Nov 27, 13:40:3071,55613.454.4°278.3°13h 53.9m-24° 27'Hydra74.1°
Nov 27, 13:50:3065,13413.251.3°276.5°13h 49.5m-23° 54'Hydra73.4°
Nov 27, 14:00:3058,72012.947.9°274.7°13h 44.2m-23° 14'Hydra72.4°
Nov 27, 14:10:3052,32112.644.1°273.1°13h 37.6m-22° 22'Virgo71.3°
Nov 27, 14:20:3045,94412.239.9°271.6°13h 29.4m-21° 14'Virgo69.9°
Nov 27, 14:30:3039,60611.935.0°270.1°13h 18.8m-19° 42'Virgo68.5°
Nov 27, 14:40:3033,34011.428.9°268.7°13h 4.5m-17° 31'Virgo66.9°
Nov 27, 14:50:3027,21310.821.0°267.4°12h 44.2m-14° 12'Corvus65.2°
Nov 27, 15:00:3021,38710.19.7°266.1°12h 13.4m-8° 46'Virgo63.5°
Nov 27, 15:10:3016,2739.3-8.2°264.8°11h 22.6m0° 50'Leo61.7°
Nov 27, 15:20:3012,9398.4-38.0°263.6°9h 51.4m17° 15'Leo59.9°
Nov 27, 15:30:3012,956--78.5°262.8°7h 16.5m34° 14'Gemini58.0°
Nov 27, 15:40:3015,894--67.2°80.5°4h 37.2m36° 46'Perseus56.1°
Nov 27, 15:50:3020,5798.9-45.9°79.3°3h 6.1m31° 59'Perseus54.1°
Nov 27, 16:00:3026,1219.5-32.6°77.9°2h 18.1m27° 26'Aries52.2°
Nov 27, 16:10:3032,04610.0-23.4°76.4°1h 49.9m24° 5'Aries50.2°
Nov 27, 16:20:3038,15210.4-16.6°74.9°1h 31.6m21° 37'Pisces48.2°
Nov 27, 16:30:3044,35010.8-11.2°73.4°1h 18.9m19° 47'Pisces46.2°
Nov 27, 16:40:3050,59711.1-6.6°71.9°1h 9.4m18° 23'Pisces44.3°
Nov 27, 16:50:3056,87311.3-2.6°70.3°1h 2.1m17° 15'Pisces42.2°
Nov 27, 17:00:3063,16511.60.9°68.7°0h 56.3m16° 21'Pisces40.2°
Nov 27, 17:10:3069,46711.84.1°67.0°0h 51.6m15° 36'Pisces38.2°
Nov 27, 17:20:3075,77612.07.1°65.3°0h 47.7m14° 59'Pisces36.2°
Nov 27, 17:30:3082,08912.29.9°63.5°0h 44.4m14° 27'Pisces34.2°
 

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