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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:12 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 20:59
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BepiColombo

Above the horizon.  Rise: 8:28 | Tran: 15:06 | Set: 21:43
Alt: 2.07°   Az: 279.56°   Direction: West

BepiColombo is in the constellation of Leo, at a distance of 97,039,003.0 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension is 10h 14m 02s and the Declination is +07° 33’ 32” (apparent coordinates).

Finder chart of BepiColombo in Leo on July,23 2024
Map showing BepiColombo in Leo on July, 23 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
View interactive star map

BepiColombo is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to study Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in our solar system. The mission consists of two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) built by the ESA, and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) built by JAXA. The spacecraft were launched on October 20, 2018, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana. The primary scientific objectives of the mission are to study Mercury's magnetic field, its composition, the geology of its surface, and its interaction with the solar wind. The mission will also investigate the planet's exosphere and study its geological history. BepiColombo is expected to arrive at Mercury in December 2025, after several gravity assist flybys of Earth, Venus, and Mercury itself.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

10h 14m 02s
+07° 33’ 32”
06h 24m 52s
16h 38m 54s

J2000

10h 12m 45s
+07° 40’ 52”

Additional Information

Leo

Rise and Set Times

Today's rise, transit and set times of BepiColombo from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 82.3°
Max altitude: 46.2°
Azimuth: 277.6°
  • BepiColombo is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Right now it is placed in the West direction at an altitude of 2.07° above the horizon.
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Finder Charts

Finder chart of BepiColombo
Sky map showing BepiColombo in Leo on July, 23 2024. Field of view: 10x6 degrees. View in interactive sky chart

High precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where BepiColombo is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

BepiColombo
RA: 10h 12m 45s
Dec: +07° 40’ 52”
Deep sky finder chart for BepiColombo. Field of view: 60x40 arcmins. View in deep sky object tracker

Also check out Where is BepiColombo?, a page that provides all the information needed to find BepiColombo in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Distance from Earth

The distance of BepiColombo from Earth is currently 97,039,003.0 kilometers, equivalent to 0.6486656698 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5m 23.687s to travel from BepiColombo and arrive to us.

97,039,003.0
0.6486656698
5m 23.687s

The following chart shows the distance of BepiColombo from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of BepiColombo from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of BepiColombo from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach

Between 21 October 2018 and 26 March 2026, the closest approach of BepiColombo to Earth happens on Fri Apr 10 2020 at a distance of 0.000582 Astronomical Units, or 87,050 kilometers:

Fri Apr 10 2020
87,050
0.000582

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Orbit Visualization

Orbit Diagram of BepiColombo

15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of BepiColombo computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Apparent celestial coordinates are provided.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jul 16 09h 56m 51s +10° 32’ 12” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 17 09h 59m 35s +10° 06’ 51” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 18 10h 02m 10s +09° 42’ 07” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 19 10h 04m 36s +09° 18’ 05” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 20 10h 06m 53s +08° 54’ 50” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 21 10h 08m 59s +08° 32’ 23” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 22 10h 10m 55s +08° 10’ 50” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 23 10h 12m 41s +07° 50’ 16” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 24 10h 14m 15s +07° 30’ 46” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 25 10h 15m 39s +07° 12’ 21” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 26 10h 16m 52s +06° 55’ 09” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 27 10h 17m 52s +06° 39’ 14” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 28 10h 18m 41s +06° 24’ 41” N.A. Leo
2024 Jul 29 10h 19m 17s +06° 11’ 36” N.A. Sextans

Additional Resources