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SPECIAL- 2007 Rosetta Earth Flyby

13 November 2007

Rosetta has approached Earth for the second time – the third of four planetary swing-bys that provide fuel-saving gravitational assists necessary to reach in 2014 comet 64P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The second Earth closest approach takes place on 13 November 2007 for 21:57 CET (20:57 UTC) at a height of 5301 km over the Pacific Ocean and a speed of 45 000 km/hr relative to the Earth.

Answering to our invitation, many amateur astronomers and observatories have sent us images of Rosetta as seen from Earth during the fly-by.
(Contact us if you have images or other information).


From the italian CCAF Circolo Culturale Astronomico di Farra ONLUS * MPC site 595
strada della Colombara n. 11, I-34072 Farra d’Isonzo (GO), ITALY
http://www.ccaf.it
Rosetta is visible as a light trace in the center of this image (the sum of 28 images 35s each, UT 2007-11-12 21:59:44)

OBS L. Bittesini, G. Lombardi, E. Pettarin, F. Piani, F. Fabris
MEA G. Lombardi, E. Pettarin
TEL 0.40-m f/4.5 reflector + CCD
ACK MPCReport file updated 2007.11.12 23.10.37
AC2 centauro@ccaf.it
NET USNO-A2.0

ROSETTA       C2007 11 12.90132 03 02 31.11 +09 32 00.7          16.8 V      595
ROSETTA       C2007 11 12.90382 03 02 29.72 +09 31 50.2          17.1 V      595
ROSETTA       C2007 11 12.90802 03 02 27.27 +09 31 31.3          16.4 V      595
ROSETTA       C2007 11 12.91429 03 02 23.55 +09 31 03.2          17.1 V      595
ROSETTA       C2007 11 12.92057 03 02 19.83 +09 30 34.3          16.7 V      595


From the italian  Remanzacco Observatory – Italy


From the Astronomical Observatory “G.V. Schiaparelli”, Varese, Italy