Astronomical calendar for February 2022

(ORDO NEWS) — February 1: New Moon occurs at 05:46 GMT.

February 1: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a batch of Starlink broadband Internet satellites from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

February 2: SpaceX will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the NROL-87 mission for the US National Reconnaissance Agency. It lifts off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California during a five-hour launch window that opens at 20:18 GMT.

February 3: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a secret Russian military satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

February 10: Arianespace’s Soyuz rocket will launch another batch of satellites for the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation into orbit. The mission, called OneWeb 13, will launch from French Guiana at 18:09 GMT.

February 12: Conjunction of Venus and Mars. The two planets will be about 6.5 degrees apart in the dawn sky. Look for a couple in the constellation Sagittarius.

February 14: Rocket Lab launches two small satellites for BlackSky Global’s Earth Observation fleet. It will take off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

February 15: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a Progress 80 cargo spacecraft to resupply to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 04:25 GMT. Docking with the station is scheduled for February 17 at 07:08 GMT.

February 16: The February Full Moon, known as the Snow Moon, occurs at 16:56 GMT.

February 19: A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus NG-17 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It lifts off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia at 17:39 GMT.

February 27: Moon, Mars and Venus will align in the early morning sky. Look for the trinity in the constellation Sagittarius before sunrise.

Also scheduled to launch in February:

Astra will launch six cubesats for NASA’s Venture-class launch program. It will take off from Spaceport 46 at the Space Force Station at Cape Canaveral in Florida. This will be the Astra’s first launch from Florida’s Space Coast.


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