Rosetta Flyby

The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft will be swinging by the Earth tonight as it makes its way to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Closest approach will bring it as near as 1900 km to the surface, at 22:10 UT tonight and will then head off towards Mars to pick up more speed. It should reach about magnitude 8 or 9 so should be visible with a small telescope. Europe is supposed to be favorably placed for this event. Rosetta will move away from the constellation Sextans after sunset and move towards the direction of the sun, crossing the complete sky before it disappears on the horizon around 22 h UT.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 04th Mar 2005 (18:39 UTC) | Permalink
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