Astronomical calendar for December 2020

(ORDO NEWS) — 5th of December. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon (CRS-21) cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. It departs from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:39 pm GMT.

December 6. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch a communications satellite, CMS 1. It will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.

December 11th. The Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Progress 77P cargo supply vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.

December 13-14. Peak of the Geminid meteor shower.

December 14. The only total solar eclipse of 2020 will pass through the southern tip of South America. The moon’s shadow will follow the same path as during the “Great Eclipse in South America” ​​on July 2, 2019.

December 17. The growing crescent will be conjunct Jupiter at 04:30 GMT. In a few hours, it will be connected to Saturn at 05:20 GMT. Look for the triplet near the southwestern horizon just after sunset.

December 17. The Russian Soyuz rocket will launch about 36 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb communications satellite constellation. The mission, called OneWeb 4, will be launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia.

21 December. The solstices are scheduled for 09:47 GMT, marking the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere.

21 December. Jupiter and Saturn will approach each other in the evening sky. The couple will be together at 1:24 pm GMT.

December 21-22. Peak of the Ursids meteor shower.

December 23rd. The waxing moon will connect to Mars at 18:31 GMT. Look for a pair above the eastern horizon after sunset.

December 28th. The Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch the second military reconnaissance satellite Composante Spatiale Optique (CSO-2) for the French space agency CNES and DGA. It will launch from the Space Center in French Guiana.

December 29th. The December Full Moon, also known as the Cold Moon, will occur at 03:28 GMT.

Also scheduled to launch in December:

The Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 77th Progress cargo vehicle to the International Space Station. It starts from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch a secret spacecraft for the U.S. National Intelligence Agency. The mission, designated NROL-108, will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy missile will launch a secret spy satellite for the U.S. National Intelligence Agency. The mission, called NROL-82, launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5A communications satellite for Turkish satellite operator Turksat. It will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Indian Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will be launched on its first test orbital flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.

 

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