BepiColombo Earth Flyby
Closest approach:10th April 2020 4:25 UTC
Closest distance from Earth:12677km
BepiColombo is next to its closest aproach the Earth. The geometry of the passage will be so that the spacecraft will have a maximum apparent magnitude of about +8. This means you can observe it with a binocular or an amatorial telescopes.
For more details visit the ESA Earth Flyby page
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BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury. It set off in October 2018 on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C and gather data during its 1 year nominal mission, with a possible 1-year extension. The mission comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership.