Space Schedule


Feb. 1: The new moon arrives at 12:46 a.m. EST (0546 GMT).

Feb. 2: 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, at 4:51 p.m. EST (2141 GMT).

Feb. 2: SpaceX will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the NROL-87 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. It will lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, during a five-hour launch window that opens at 3:18 p.m. EST (2018 GMT).

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

Feb. 5: Astra will launch six cubesats for NASA's Venture Class Launch Services program. It will lift off from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, during a three-hour launch window that opens at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT). It will be Astra's first launch from Florida's Space Coast.

Feb. 10: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch another batch of satellites into orbit for OneWeb's satellite internet constellation. The mission, called OneWeb 13, will lift off from French Guiana at 1:09 p.m. EST (1809 GMT).

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

Feb. 14: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for BlackSky Global's Earth observation fleet. It will lift off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

Feb. 14: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Progress 80 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 11:25 p.m. EST (0425 Feb. 15 GMT). It is scheduled to dock with the orbiting laboratory on Feb. 17 at 2:08 a.m. EST (0708 GMT).

Feb. 15: OC Telescope Star Party!! 3-7pm  at Sycamore Park, 15 Bowditch, Irvine, CA 92620

Feb. 16: The full moon of February, known as the Snow Moon, arrives at 11:56 a.m. EST (1656 GMT).

Feb. 19: A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the Cygnus NG-17 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will lift off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, at 12:39 p.m. EST (1739 GMT).

Feb. 27: The moon, Mars and Venus will align in the early morning sky. Look for the trio in the constellation Sagittarius before sunrise.