US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Astronomical calendar for May 2020.
May 12: The moon, Jupiter and Saturn gathered in the predawn sky. At 09:41 GMT, the ascending lunar moon will be connected to Jupiter, and at 18:11 GMT will be connected to Saturn.
May 15: The moon of the last quarter approaches the Red Planet. She will be in conjunction with Mars at 02:02 GMT. Look for a couple over the southeast horizon before sunrise.
May 16: United Launch Alliance Atlas V missile launches AFSPC-7 mission for the US Air Force. The mission’s main payload is the X-37B spacecraft, also known as the Orbital Testing Machine. This will be the sixth mission of the program (OTV-6). It starts with the space launch complex-41 at the Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
May 18: Jupiter and Saturn in the early morning sky. The pair will be in conjunction at 04:45 GMT.
May 22: New Moon
May 24: The moon will approach Venus in the evening sky. She will be in conjunction with Venus at 02:40 GMT. Look for them over the southwest horizon immediately after sunset.
May 27: Demonstration flight of Crew Dragon 2. SpaceX Crew Dragon is supposed to make its first test flight with the crew to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Benken on board. This will be the first test flight of a capsule with astronauts on board after the March mission Demo-1. They will launch on the Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Florida space center at 8:32 pm GMT.
May 31 – June 4: 236th meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Also scheduled to launch in May:
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch a seventh batch of about 60 satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband network in a mission called Starlink 7. It launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The Russian Soyuz rocket will launch about 36 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb communications satellite constellation. A mission called OneWeb 4 will be launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia.
The Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network in geostationary orbit. It will be launched from the Xichang Launch Center in Sichuan.
Russian Proton rocket will launch Express 80 and Express 103 communications satellites for a Russian satellite communications company. She starts from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the Nusantara Satu 2 communications satellite from the Xichang launch center.
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