Rocket Launch Tonight – Look Out Eastern US!


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By Jimmy Rogers (@me)
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Seems that this week’s science stories are all going to the physicists.  Between 8:00PM and 11:00PM (EST) TONIGHT, a “Minotaur I” rocket should be visible to the entire Eastern seaboard of the United States.  It is being launched from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia (the state where I happen to be located!).

The firey exhaust is visible for 800 miles from its launch site so pray for clear skies tonight!

Want a preview?  This video of a boy and his father watching a similar launch in California is not only spectacular, but their commentary will warm your heart (or at least it did mine).

It’s not every day you get to see a rocket launch so take the time to watch the sky tonight.  If you do see something (or not), please post a comment on the experience so others out of range can hear about it first-hand!

[via Gizmodo]





10 Responses to Rocket Launch Tonight – Look Out Eastern US!

  1. Damn it why is it anytime an interesting astronomical event happens either thanks to NASA or nature it's always cloudy and rainy here….

  2. Damn it why is it anytime an interesting astronomical event happens either thanks to NASA or nature it’s always cloudy and rainy here….

  3. Living in Cocoa Beach, FL, I can tell you from experience that shuttles and rockets rarely go up on the first day in the launch window. In fact, rocket launches are nothing to stop for because they happen frequently enough.

  4. Living in Cocoa Beach, FL, I can tell you from experience that shuttles and rockets rarely go up on the first day in the launch window. In fact, rocket launches are nothing to stop for because they happen frequently enough.