Astronomical calendar for April 2022

(ORDO NEWS) — April 1: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for the BlackSky Global Earth Observation Fleet. It starts from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. The launch is scheduled for 12:35 GMT.

April 1: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Rideshare mission called Transporter 4. It will take off from the space station at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch is scheduled for 16:24 GMT.

April 4: Saturn and Mars will approach each other in the dawn sky less than a third of a degree apart. Look for a couple in the constellation Capricorn before sunrise.

April 6: Axiom Space will launch Ax-1, the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station. The four crew members will fly to the space station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and stay in orbit for eight days. The mission lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

April 16: April’s Full Moon, known as the Pink Moon, at 18:55 GMT.

April 19: NASA and SpaceX will launch the Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station. The mission will launch NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. The Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at 10:59 GMT from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

April 21-22: Peak of the Lyrid meteor shower.

April 30: A partial solar eclipse will be visible from southern South America, parts of Antarctica and over the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This eclipse coincides with the second new moon of April, also known as the Black Moon.

April 30: SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch the Nilesat 301 geostationary communications satellite from the Space Force Station at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Also scheduled to launch in April:

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 rocket to launch MEASAT 3d and GSAT 24 communications satellites from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.


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