Rosetta Earth Fly-by on 4 March

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Feb 23 2005 - 22:48:17 EST

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    "ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta will make a fly-by of planet 
    Earth on 4 March 2005, and sky watchers should be able to 
    see it with telescopes or binoculars if the sky is clear!
    
    "Rosetta is approaching Earth from an area in the sky 
    between the constellations Leo and Sextans, and should 
    first become visible to large amateur telescopes around 
    26 February 2005.  The spacecraft will make its closest 
    approach to Earth at about 23:10 CET and come within 1900 
    kilometres, at which time it will be over Mexico, having 
    already passed over Europe." --
    
    http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMMTBYEM4E_index_0.html
    
    Closest approach itself is during daylight for North America.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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