-Posted By Andrew Freiden
A bit of a bummer that last night's launch was scrubbed...but we'll give it a go again today. I think today's rocket launch from the Eastern Shore will still be impressive but since skies won't be totally dark, it'll be harder to see.
Here are a couple of tweets from the private company doing the launch. The boat that caused the launch cancellation was 40 miles away, but underneath the flight path. If you know anyone sailing off the Eastern Shore this evening. Tell them to get out of the way!
The launch will be happening on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but VIEWABLE everywhere. A rocket will be launched from Wallops Island, near Chincoteague and if you look to the Eastern Sky (away from Trees/Buildings) you'll be able to see it. It's the biggest rocket they've ever launched there and you should try to find a way to see it. The rocket will be carrying supplies for the international space station.
The launch is slated for 6:22pm. Which is just after sunset and before little kids have to be in bed. To see the launch for yourself, be outside at 6:20pm in a location with a good view of the eastern sky. The rocket should be fairly LOW in the sky--so when picking a place, look for a spots without trees/houses in the way of your view east. If there's a large field or clearing near your neighborhood, go there, and make your way to the WESTERN part of the clearing and look to the east.
It's a large, two-stage rocket. You'll see an initial burst, then a glide period, then a second stage will ignite. Skies should be clear. It will be a real delight for those watching!
If you look closely you'll see some people in the foreground. They look tiny. And don't worry, the rocket is now VERTICAL and on the launch pad.