House calendar 2021: Rocket launches, sky occasions, missions & extra!

LAST UPDATED Aug. 30: These dates are topic to alter, and might be up to date all year long as firmer dates come up. Please DO NOT schedule journey based mostly on a date you see right here. Launch dates are collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now and others.

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September

Sept. 3: Mercury reaches its highest level within the night sky. Shining at magnitude 0.1, the innermost planet might be barely seen above the western horizon at sundown.

Sept. 3: Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov will take a spacewalk outdoors the Worldwide House Station to start outfitting the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module. The spacewalk is scheduled to start at 10:35 a.m. EDT (1435 GMT) and can final about 6 hours, 50 minutes.

Sept. 6: The new moon arrives at 8:52 p.m. EDT (0052 Sept. 7 GMT).

Sept. 9: Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov will take one other spacewalk outdoors the Worldwide House Station to proceed outfitting the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module. The spacewalk is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) and can final about 5 hours.

Sept. 9: Conjunction of the moon and Venus. The waxing crescent moon will go about 4 levels to the north of Venus. Search for the pair above the western horizon after sundown. 

Sept. 13: Mercury at best elongation east. The innermost planet will attain its best japanese separation from the solar, shining brightly at magnitude 0.1. Catch the elusive planet above the western horizon shortly after sundown.

Sept. 14: Neptune at opposition. The fuel big will seem at its greatest and brightest of the yr, shining at magnitude 7.8. (You will want a telescope to see it.)

Sept. 14: Arianespace will use a Soyuz rocket to launch 34 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb web constellation. The mission, known as OneWeb 10, will raise off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Sept. 15: SpaceX will use a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft to launch the primary all-civilian orbital mission, often called Inspiration4. It should raise off from Launch Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida.

Sept. 16: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waxing gibbous moon will swing about 3 levels to the south of Saturn within the night sky. 

Sept. 18: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The waxing gibbous moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Jupiter within the night sky. 

Sept. 20: The total moon of September, often called the Full Harvest Moon, happens at 7:55 p.m. EDT (2355 GMT).

Sept. 22: The equinox arrives at 3:21 p.m. EDT (1921 GMT), marking the primary day of autumn within the Northern Hemisphere and the primary day of spring within the Southern Hemisphere.

Sept. 23: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the NASA/USGS Landsat 9 satellite tv for pc from Vandenberg House Pressure Base in California, at 2:11 p.m. EDT (1811 GMT). 

Sept. 24: The waning gibbous moon and Uranus will make an in depth strategy, passing inside 1.3 levels of one another. Shining at magnitude 5.7, Uranus could also be brilliant sufficient to identify with the bare eye beneath darkish skies. 

Sept. 30: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) will use an Epsilon rocket to launch the Speedy Progressive Payload Demonstration Satellite tv for pc 2 (RAISE 2), a technology demonstration mission, from the Uchinoura House Heart at 8:48 p.m. EDT (0048 Oct. 1 GMT).

Additionally scheduled to launch in September (from Spaceflight Now):

  • Rocket Lab will use an Electron rocket to launch two Earth statement satellites for the Seattle-based firm BlackSky International’s deliberate constellation. The mission, nicknamed “Love At First Perception,” will raise off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. This would be the first in a speedy succession of three BlackSky launches by Rocket Lab scheduled to launch in September.
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch one other batch of Starlink web satellites from Vandenberg House Pressure Base in California.
  • China will launch the Tianzhou 3 cargo resupply ship to the Chinese language area station. It should raise off on a Lengthy March 7 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Web site in Hainan, China. 
  • Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the SES 17 and Syracuse 4A communications satellites from the Guiana House Heart close to Kourou, French Guiana.

October

Oct. 5: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Soyuz MS-19 crew capsule to the Worldwide House Station with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and two area vacationers: Russian movie director Klim Shipenko and Russian actress Yulia Peresild, who plan to movie a film whereas spending one week in area. (The 2 filmmakers are scheduled to return to Earth on the Soyuz MS-18 crew capsule.)

Oct. 6: The new moon arrives at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT)

Oct. 8: The Draconid meteor bathe, which is lively Oct. 6-10, will peak in a single day.

Oct. 9: Conjunction of the moon and Venus. The waxing crescent moon will go about 3 levels to the north of Venus. Search for the pair above the western horizon after sundown. 

Oct. 14: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waxing gibbous moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Saturn within the night sky. 

Oct. 15: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The waxing gibbous moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Jupiter within the night sky. 

Oct. 16: NASA will launch its Lucy mission to check the Trojan asteroids. It should raise off from Kennedy House Heart in Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket

Oct. 20: The total moon of October, often called the Full Hunter’s Moon, happens at 10:57 a.m. EDT (1457 GMT). 

Oct. 21: The waning gibbous moon and Uranus will make an in depth strategy, passing inside 1.3 levels of one another. Shining at magnitude 5.7, Uranus could also be brilliant sufficient to identify with the bare eye beneath darkish skies.

Oct. 21-22: The annual Orionid meteor bathe, which is lively all month lengthy, peaks in a single day.

Oct. 24: Mercury at best elongation west. The innermost planet will attain its best western separation from the solar, shining brightly at magnitude -0.6. Catch the elusive planet above the japanese horizon shortly earlier than dawn. The next day (Oct. 25) Mercury will attain its highest level within the morning sky.

Oct. 28: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Progress 79 cargo resupply spacecraft to the Worldwide House Station. It should raise off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Oct. 31: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the Crew-3 mission, the third operational astronaut flight to the Worldwide House Station. On board might be NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, and European House Company astronaut Matthias Maurer. (The fourth crewmember has not but been introduced). It should raise off from Launch Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida.

Additionally scheduled to launch in October (from Spaceflight Now):

  • China will launch three astronauts to the Chinese language area station on the Shenzhou 13 mission, which can launch on a Lengthy March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite tv for pc Launch Heart within the Gobi Desert.
  • A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the USSF 44 mission for the U.S. Air Pressure. The mission will raise off from NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida and is anticipated to deploy two undisclosed payloads into geosynchronous orbit.
  • The Soyuz MS-18 crew capsule will return to Earth from the Worldwide House Station with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, in addition to two area vacationers: Russian movie director Klim Shipenko and a (not-yet-named) Russian actress, who can have arrived on the Soyuz MS-19 mission in September and plan to movie a film in area.
  • Arianespace will use a Soyuz rocket to launch 34 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb web constellation. The mission, known as OneWeb 11, will raise off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) will use an H-2A rocket to launch a substitute satellite tv for pc for the nation’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite tv for pc System, a regional GPS system. Dubbed QZS 1R, the satellite tv for pc will raise off from the Tanegashima House Heart in late October.

November

Nov. 2-3: The annual South Taurid meteor bathe peaks in a single day. Lively from mid-September to mid-November, the Southern Taurids hardly ever produce greater than 5 seen meteors per hour, however the nearly-new moon ought to make them simpler to identify in opposition to a darkish sky. 

Nov. 4: The new moon arrives at 5:15 p.m. EDT (2115 GMT).

Nov. 4: Uranus is at opposition, which means it’ll seem at its greatest and brightest of the yr. Shining at magnitude 5.7, the planet might be seen all evening lengthy within the constellation Aries. Uranus could also be to the bare eye from darkish places however is greatest seen by a telescope or binoculars. 

Nov. 7: Daylight Saving Time ends. Flip your clocks again one hour at 2 a.m. native time. 

Nov. 8: Conjunction of the moon and Venus. The waxing crescent moon will go about 1 diploma to the north of Venus. Search for the pair above the western horizon after sundown. Skywatchers in elements of Jap Asia will see the moon occult Venus, which means it’ll briefly go in entrance of the planet, blocking it from sight.

Nov. 10: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waxing crescent moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Saturn within the night sky. 

Nov. 11: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The primary-quarter moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Jupiter within the night sky.

Nov. 11-12: The annual North Taurid meteor bathe peaks in a single day. The bathe, which is lively from late October to mid-December, is just not anticipated to supply greater than a handful of seen “taking pictures stars” per hour.

Nov. 16-17: Some of the anticipated meteor showers of the yr, the Leonid meteor bathe peaks in a single day. The Leonids are anticipated to supply about 15 meteors per hour on the evening of the height, however the bathe is lively all month lengthy. 

Nov. 17: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) from Launch Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida.

Nov. 19: The total moon of November, often called the Full Beaver Moon, happens at 3:58 a.m. EST (0858 GMT). 

Nov. 19: A partial lunar eclipse might be seen from North and South America, Australia, and elements of Europe and Asia. The moon will enter Earth’s faint outer shadow, often called the penumbra, at 1:02 a.m. EDT (0602 GMT). The partial eclipse, when the moon will darken extra noticeably, begins at 2:18 a.m. EDT (0718 GMT). Most eclipse happens at 4:02 a.m. EDT (0902 GMT). Your entire occasion will final about six hours. 

Nov. 24: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Take a look at (DART) mission from Vandenberg Air Pressure Base in California, at 1:58 a.m. EST (0658 GMT).

Additionally scheduled to launch in November (from Spaceflight Now):

  • Starliner OFT-2: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its second uncrewed mission to the Worldwide House Station no sooner than November 2020. The Orbital Flight Take a look at 2 (OFT-2) mission will raise off from House Launch Complicated 41 at Cape Canaveral House Pressure Station in Florida. Reside updates 
  • NASA’s James Webb House Telescope is scheduled to raise off in late November from the Guiana House Heart in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. 
  • An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch two satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. It should raise off from the Guiana House Heart close to Kourou, French Guiana. 
  • Arianespace will use a Soyuz rocket to launch 34 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb web constellation. The mission, known as OneWeb 12, will raise off from the Guiana House Heart close to Kourou, French Guiana.

December

Dec. 4: The one whole photo voltaic eclipse of the yr (and the final whole photo voltaic eclipse till 2023) might be seen from Antarctica. Skywatchers in South Africa, Namibia, the southern tip of South America and a few islands within the South Atlantic will be capable of see no less than a partial photo voltaic eclipse, with the moon blocking a portion of the solar from view. 

Dec. 4: The new moon arrives at 2:44 a.m. EST (0744 GMT).

Dec. 4: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon cargo resupply mission (CRS-24) to the Worldwide House Station. It should raise off from Launch Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida.

Dec. 6: Conjunction of the moon and Venus. The waxing crescent moon will go about 2 levels to the north of Venus. Search for the pair above the western horizon after sundown.

Dec. 7: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the GOES-T climate satellite tv for pc for NASA and NOAA. It should raise off from Cape Canaveral House Pressure Station in Florida, at 4:40 p.m. EST (2140 GMT). 

Dec. 7: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waxing crescent moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Saturn within the night sky. 

Dec. 8: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Soyuz MS-20 crew capsule to the Worldwide House Station with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and video producer Yozo Hirano. 

Dec. 9: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The waxing crescent moon will swing about 4 levels to the south of Jupiter within the night sky.

Dec. 13-14: The annual Geminid meteor bathe, among the best meteor showers of the yr, peaks in a single day. The Geminids are lively Dec. 4-17 typically produce as much as 50 seen meteors per hours, however this yr the 78% full moon will outshine the fainter meteors. 

Dec. 18: The total moon of December, often called the Full Chilly Moon, happens at 11:37 p.m. EST (0437 Dec. 19 GMT).

Dec. 21: The solstice arrives at 10:59 a.m. EST (1559 GMT), marking the primary day of winter within the Northern Hemisphere and the primary day of summer time within the Southern Hemisphere. 

Dec. 21-22: The annual Ursid meteor bathe peaks in a single day. Usually lively round Dec. 17-26, the Ursids produce about 5 to 10 seen meteors per hour on the morning of the height.

Additionally scheduled to launch in November (from Spaceflight Now):

  • SpaceX will launch the Transporter 3 rideshare mission on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral House Pressure Station in Florida. 

Extra coming in 2021…

TBD: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the STP-3 rideshare mission for the U.S. House Pressure. It should raise off from Cape Canaveral House Pressure Station in Florida.

TBD: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the USSF-8 mission for the House Pressure’s Geosynchronous House Situational Consciousness Program (GSSAP). It should raise off from House Launch Complicated 41 at Cape Canaveral House Pressure Station in Florida.

TBD: India’s Polar Satellite tv for pc Launch Car (PSLV) will launch the Indian RISAT 1A radar Earth statement satellite tv for pc from the Satish Dhawan House Heart in Sriharikota, India.

This autumn: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Expertise Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) mission to the moon from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

This autumn: India’s Small Satellite tv for pc Launch Car (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital take a look at flight from the Satish Dhawan House Heart in Sriharikota, India. The mission was delayed from April 2021.

This autumn: India’s Small Satellite tv for pc Launch Car (SSLV) will launch its first industrial mission with 4 Earth statement satellites for the Seattle-based firm BlackSky International. It should raise off from the Satish Dhawan House Heart in Sriharikota, India.

This autumn: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite tv for pc from Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

This autumn: An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch three CERES satellites for the French army. (CERES stands for “Capacité de Renseignement d’origine Electromagnétique Spatiale,” which interprets to “Intelligence Capability of House Electromagnetic Origin.”) The mission will raise off from the Guiana Spaceport close to Kourou, French Guiana.

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