Hayabusa 2 Earth Fly-by Dec 3rd

From: Rick Baldridge via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:18:33 +0000 (UTC)
The interplanetary probe Hayabusa 2 will making a close Earth Fly-by on December 3rd. 
Closest approach is at 10:08 UTC December 3rd, 2015 over 189.847E, 18.691N at 9520km from Geocenter, moving north to south. 
Animation available at: https://youtu.be/Kjqff5bkUrE 
For the US west coast (Lick Observatory), the spacecraft gets barely 7 degrees high low in the western sky at closest approach. Alaska, Hawaii and Japan are favored. Ephemeris can be obtained on the JPL HORIZONS website for specific locations. The spacecraft is small -- Mass: 590 kg (1300 lb) Dimensions: 2 x 1.6 x 1.25 meters ( 6.6 x 5.2 x 4.1 ft) so it certainly will not be very bright. 
Additional charts, ground track map and data available at: http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/topics/20151014/ 
Special thanks to Jim Albers of NASA for pointing this fly-by out. 


Rick Baldridge 
Campbell, CA 
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