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BepiColombo passes Earth tonight

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#1 RyanSem

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Posted 09 April 2020 - 08:37 PM

Heavens-above has added BepiColombo as an object to look out for tonight, and if not for the big sparkly "NEW!" sign near it, I would have missed this entirely. 

 

This satellite is currently passing the Earth as it makes it way towards Mercury, and should be visible as a 9-10th magnitude target. For observers in eastern time, it should appear around 12:44am and disappear behind the Earth's shadow at 1:01am. After spending 33 minutes in our shadow, it should re-appear approaching Corvus at 1:34am. From there, it will be visible for another couple hours. I'm hoping to observe the disappearance and reappearance of this satellite - that would be extremely neat to see. 

 

BepiColombo will be taking some images of the Earth as it passes as well. Here's an early time-lapse: http://www.esa.int/E..._ahead_of_flyby


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:45 AM

Was able to spot this satellite after exiting earth's shadow at 1:34:45 am. The spot I was betting on based on heaven-above turned out to be 1 FOV too early, so I spent a few seconds catching up to it after it didn't initially appear. 

 

Wasn't able to catch it hide in the Earth's shadow after all. Too many trees down that way. But I tracked it for about 8 minutes before the cold got to me, and that thing was moving! 


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:36 PM

And away it goes...




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