If clouds disrupt your view of this evening’s rocket launch, watch here

    After being scrubbed due to a sailboat entering a restricted area yesterday, NASA hopes to blast off a rocket from Virginia this evening.

    But unlike yesterday, there are two factors working against favorable viewing conditions: the blast time (after sunset, but still light in the sky) and building clouds.

    The Antares rocket is slated to ascend at 6:22 p.m. from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

    The rocket will carry Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with approximately 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, to the International Space Station.

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    At the Jersey Shore, the rocket’s flames and smoke will become visible to the south/southeast at 15 degrees (southern beaches) and 10 degrees (northern beaches) above the horizon about three minutes after the launch. 

    Space.com has an excellent breakdown of what you will see as the rocket ascends. 

    But if adverse conditions interfere with your view, watch above. 

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