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Nick James
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I got the spacecraft and Centaur upper stage a day after launch in 2021 October and so will certainly be having a go for this flyby. Closest Earth approach is 11:02 UTC on 2022 October 16 when it should be visible with the naked eye from Australia. Our best opportunity is the morning of October 17 when it will be in Gemini. It was mag 17 when I imaged it on the way out in 2021 and the SWRI web page below suggests it will be 12-16 the day after flyby then fading at around 2 mags/day.

https://britastro.org/observations/observation.php?id=20211017_203152_36007e488544b44e
http://lucy.swri.edu/SpotTheSpacecraft-EGA1.html