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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, 02:30:3085,43014.0-20.4°117.3°14h 24.9m-25° 22'Hydra-45.0°
Nov 27, 02:40:3078,57213.9-18.1°116.7°14h 24.6m-25° 9'Hydra-42.8°
Nov 27, 02:50:3071,68713.7-15.8°116.0°14h 24.2m-24° 53'Libra-40.6°
Nov 27, 03:00:3064,77213.4-13.5°115.4°14h 23.6m-24° 34'Libra-38.4°
Nov 27, 03:10:3057,82213.2-11.1°114.8°14h 22.9m-24° 11'Libra-36.2°
Nov 27, 03:20:3050,82912.9-8.6°114.1°14h 22.0m-23° 41'Hydra-33.9°
Nov 27, 03:30:3043,78312.6-6.1°113.3°14h 20.8m-23° 2'Hydra-31.7°
Nov 27, 03:40:3036,67012.2-3.4°112.3°14h 19.1m-22° 7'Virgo-29.4°
Nov 27, 03:50:3029,46611.7-0.5°110.9°14h 16.8m-20° 46'Virgo-27.1°
Nov 27, 04:00:3022,13411.02.7°108.7°14h 13.1m-18° 32'Virgo-24.8°
Nov 27, 04:10:3014,61610.06.6°104.2°14h 7.2m-14° 1'Virgo-22.5°
Nov 27, 04:20:306,8938.112.0°89.6°13h 56.6m0° 29'Virgo-20.2°
Nov 27, 04:30:303,783--9.9°340.4°1h 4.3m68° 1'Cassiopeia-17.9°
Nov 27, 04:40:3011,601--27.7°304.1°0h 55.2m29° 37'Pisces-15.6°
Nov 27, 04:50:3019,3909.0-34.7°296.7°0h 43.5m21° 32'Pisces-13.3°
Nov 27, 05:00:3026,8419.8-39.4°293.6°0h 37.3m17° 55'Pisces-11.0°
Nov 27, 05:10:3034,08810.3-43.1°292.1°0h 33.5m15° 49'Pisces-8.6°
Nov 27, 05:20:3041,20210.7-46.4°291.4°0h 30.9m14° 27'Pisces-6.3°
Nov 27, 05:30:3048,22011.0-49.4°291.2°0h 29.1m13° 28'Pisces-4.0°
Nov 27, 05:40:3055,16511.3-52.3°291.3°0h 27.8m12° 44'Pisces-1.7°
Nov 27, 05:50:3062,05211.6-55.0°291.8°0h 26.8m12° 10'Pisces0.7°
Nov 27, 06:00:3068,89111.8-57.7°292.6°0h 26.0m11° 43'Pisces3.0°
Nov 27, 06:10:3075,68712.0-60.3°293.6°0h 25.4m11° 21'Pisces5.3°
Nov 27, 06:20:3082,44612.2-62.8°295.1°0h 24.9m11° 3'Pisces7.7°
Nov 27, 06:30:3089,17312.4-65.2°296.9°0h 24.4m10° 47'Pisces10.0°
 

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