Rocket launch visible in Mid-Atlantic region tonight

Keep an eye on the sky around 6:45 p.m. for the launch of the Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Residents in Delaware, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania should be able to see the rocket as it heads towards the International Space Station. With a cooperating weather forecast for clear skies, viewers should look to the southern sky about two or three minutes after the scheduled launch at 6:45 p.m.

The Cygnus cargo ship is loaded with supplies for ISS. Those supplies include almost 5,000 pounds of science and research projects, crew supplies, vehicle hardware and spacewalk tools. The ship is attached to an Antares rocket that is scheduled to launch into low-Earth orbit on Monday night.

The ship is expected to dock with the space station on Nov. 2.

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