The June astronomy calendar includes Brazil in space, a new human mission from China and Supermoon.

We are entering the sixth month of this very busy year in space! And June couldn’t be any different: it’s full of events, starting with two human missions on the same day!

One of them, with a special taste for Brazil. After all, it would be the second time in history that a Brazilian has launched into space. The other, of fundamental importance to China, takes the country one step further in the hotly contested space competition.

The month also brings interesting natural phenomena such as the International Space Station (ISS), satellite launches and the first Super Moon of the year.

It should be noted that all times mentioned here will vary based on the Brasilia (DF) time zone and depending on what part of the country you are in.

June Astronomical Calendar

June 4: Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft will take off from the company’s launch site One facility at Van Horn in West Texas at 10 a.m., with six passengers on board for a short orbital flight of about 11 minutes on the Kerman Line (100 km above sea level). , Considered by international authorities as the boundary of space.

During Blue Origin’s 5th human mission, civil production engineer Victor Hespanha will be the second Brazilian to be launched into space. Photo: Personal Archives – Instagram

Among the members of the mission, which will be the company’s fifth human mission, will be Victor Correa Hespanha, a civil production engineer at Minas Gerais, who will become the second Brazilian in the history of space travel. The first was Marcos Pontes, a former astronaut and former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. After gaining three NFTs (non-fungible tokens) through the platform, Victor won his seat through a lottery organized by the Crypto Space Agency (CSA).

The launch will be broadcast live Digital lookFrom 9:30 am, on our official profile on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TwitterLinkedIn and TickTock.

On the same day, at 11:40 pm (Sunday morning in China), a Long March-2F rocket will take off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on the Shenzhou-14 mission with three tycoons.

The crew, whose members have not yet been released by the China Manned Space Administration (CMSA), will travel to the Tiangang space station for a stay of about six months. During this period, they will mainly work to prepare Tianhe Core modules for the addition of two new modules.

June 6: SpaceX will launch the Dragon CRS-25 cargo refueling mission on the ISS. A Falcon 9 rocket will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:25 p.m.

June 13: A rocket lab will launch the electron rocket mission Experience in the operation and navigation of Cisluna’s Autonomous Positioning System (Capstone) On the moon from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand by NASA.

June 14: The June full moon arrives at 8:52 a.m., with a bend: this month, the moon reaches its full moon at the same time as its elliptical orbit enters its maximum towards Earth – a point called Perigee. When this happens, it is often referred to as Supermoon, a term coined by astrologers in the late 1970’s. This will only be the first event of 2022: another supermoon will occur in July

Brazil is in space on the June astronomical calendar
The Super Moon occurs when the Moon reaches its full (full) stage when its elliptical orbit comes closest to the Earth – a point called Perigee. The farthest point is called apogee. Photo: Vectormine –

June 21: The winter solstice occurs at 6:08 a.m., marking the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year.

June 24: All the planets of the solar system (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) visible to the naked eye from Earth will appear in the sky at the same time throughout the month. However, on the 24th, just before dawn (around 5:05 a.m.), they will be in their maximum light depending on the presence of the moon between Venus and Mars.

Brazil is in space on the June astronomical calendar

Image of the night sky on June 24, 2022, when all the planets visible to the naked eye can be seen simultaneously in the sky, with the moon between Mars and Jupiter. Photo: Stellarium

This does not mean that the planets will coexist. They appear to be lined up in the sky because they orbit the Sun in virtually the same plane, which is called the eclipse plane. And the fact that they are all on the same side of the solar system makes it possible to observe them at the same time.

The following releases are scheduled for June:

  • Russia will use a Soyuz rocket to launch the Progress 81 cargo re-supply spacecraft to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan;
  • An ArianeSpace 5 rocket will launch the MEASAT 3d and GSAT 24 communication satellites from the Cauro Space Center in French Guiana;
  • The US Space Force’s experimental Wide Field of View Missile (WFOV) warning satellite will be launched from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launch complex on a mission called USSF12. ;
  • Another US space force satellite, part of the USSF44 mission, SpaceX will depart from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida;
  • A Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Nielsat 301 Geostationary Communications Satellite from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida;
  • Astra will launch the first pair of cubesat for the NASA Tropics mission from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida;
  • An Aryanspace Vega rocket will launch the Italian Space Agency’s LARES 2 satellite from French Guiana’s Kauro Space Center.

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