Rocket Launch Tonight – Look Out Eastern US!

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]