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NASA rocket launch should be visible tonight

Much of the East Coast of the United States should be able to see the launch of a record-breaking NASA Minotaur 1 rocket this evening.

Credit: LaunchPhotography.com/Ben Cooper Veteran launch photographer Ben Cooper captured this image of the Sept. 6 launch from Wallops Island as seen from  New York City.

Credit: LaunchPhotography.com/Ben Cooper
Veteran launch photographer Ben Cooper captured this image of the Sept. 6 launch from Wallops Island as seen from New York City.

The rocket — scheduled to launch sometime between 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. — will be carrying 29 satellites to space, more than any previous rocket. (Get updates and watch the launch at SpaceFlightNow.com.) UPDATE: As of 5:30 p.m., the launch appears to be scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

It will launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, which is about 170 miles south (and slightly west) of Barrington. The launch is expected to be visible north into Canada, west to Detroit and south almost to Florida.

Viewers should be able to see the rocket streak across the sky starting about 30 to 60 seconds after launch. It will reach a high point of about 20 degrees above the horizon as it travels southeast over the Atlantic Ocean.

Tonight’s forecast calls for clear skies.

If you get photos of the rocket, please share them at Facebook.com/BarringtonBulletin.

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This entry was posted on November 19, 2013 by in Events, Region.
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