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Location: Schommer Observatory
(40.5200°N, 74.4500°W)
Time: 04:58:01


On September 22 2017, the interplanetary probe OSIRIS-REx will fly past the Earth. The Earth will give it a "gravity assist" and put it on a trajectory to reach the asteroid Bennu. If you know where to look and live in the right part of the world, you will have a chance to see it through binoculars or a telescope.

Click on a table row to load a finder chart corresponding to that time, or alternatively, you can go straight to a finder chart for a time near closest approach by clicking here.

Flyby data
Time of closest approachSep 22, 12:51:45
Distance of closest approach23,596 km
Speed at closest approach8.520 km/s
Speed at infinity (rel. to Earth)6.229 km/s

Position Table (click on a row of the table to load a finder chart)

Time Distance (km) Brightness Altitude Azimuth Right ascension Declination Constellation Sun altitude
Sep 22, 07:00:00148,54413.2-9.0°261.5°0h 1.5m-12° 24'Cetus1.9°
Sep 22, 07:30:00137,54713.0-15.7°265.7°23h 59.6m-13° 26'Cetus7.6°
Sep 22, 08:00:00126,52912.8-22.6°269.9°23h 57.4m-14° 40'Cetus13.2°
Sep 22, 08:30:00115,48412.7-29.7°274.0°23h 55.0m-16° 7'Aquarius18.7°
Sep 22, 09:00:00104,40612.5-37.0°278.1°23h 52.2m-17° 54'Aquarius24.1°
Sep 22, 09:30:0093,29712.2-44.6°282.2°23h 48.9m-20° 6'Aquarius29.3°
Sep 22, 10:00:0082,16912.0-52.6°286.2°23h 44.6m-22° 55'Aquarius34.1°
Sep 22, 10:30:0071,05611.7-61.4°289.8°23h 38.9m-26° 37'Sculptor38.5°
Sep 22, 11:00:0060,03311.4-71.1°291.7°23h 30.6m-31° 42'Sculptor42.4°
Sep 22, 11:30:0049,27011.0-82.4°278.8°23h 16.8m-39° 2'Grus45.6°
Sep 22, 12:00:0039,16410.6-79.9°162.2°22h 48.9m-50° 7'Grus48.0°
Sep 22, 12:30:0030,68710.2-58.0°154.7°21h 21.1m-66° 17'Pavo49.3°
Sep 22, 13:00:0026,02410.2-26.6°161.6°15h 40.2m-69° 19'Triangulum Australe49.5°
Sep 22, 13:30:0027,68710.96.2°173.3°13h 14.7m-42° 45'Centaurus48.5°
Sep 22, 14:00:0034,82212.228.0°188.6°12h 36.0m-20° 53'Corvus46.5°
Sep 22, 14:30:0044,74513.838.5°205.7°12h 18.3m-7° 28'Virgo43.6°
Sep 22, 15:00:0055,88615.841.7°222.3°12h 8.1m0° 50'Virgo39.9°
Sep 22, 15:30:0067,59015.040.9°236.5°12h 1.4m6° 19'Virgo35.7°
Sep 22, 16:00:0079,57714.937.9°248.0°11h 56.7m10° 8'Virgo31.0°
Sep 22, 16:30:0091,71514.933.7°257.4°11h 53.4m12° 56'Leo25.9°
Sep 22, 17:00:00103,93615.028.9°265.2°11h 50.9m15° 4'Leo20.6°
Sep 22, 17:30:00116,20215.123.9°271.9°11h 49.0m16° 44'Leo15.1°
Sep 22, 18:00:00128,48515.318.8°278.0°11h 47.7m18° 5'Leo9.5°
Sep 22, 18:30:00140,76815.413.7°283.6°11h 46.6m19° 12'Leo3.8°
Sep 22, 19:00:00153,03515.58.6°289.0°11h 45.9m20° 8'Leo-1.9°