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!