A Rocket Launch to the Space Station Today Could Be Visible Along US East Coast!

Space.com | 4/17/2019 | Chelsea Gohd
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This visibility map highlights the regions where it will be easiest to see the NG-11 launch from Wallops Island in Virginia starting at 4:46 p.m. EDT (0846 GMT).

There is a rare viewing opportunity today (April 17) on the East Coast of the United States: Northrop Grumman Corp's Antares rocket will launch in the daytime from Pad-0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Launches - Wallops - Place - Morning - Hours

Usually, launches from Wallops take place in the earliest morning hours. But, with this launch, anyone hoping to view the launch won't have to wake up early to catch it, as the rocket will be launching the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station at 4:46 p.m. EDT (0846 GMT).

However, while more people might be inclined to watch a 4:46 p.m. launch than one at 4:46 a.m., the sunlight will make the launch more difficult to see for anyone who is far away. Instead of a bright streak across a black sky, which is pretty easy to spot, viewers will be trying to spot the rocket against a bright backdrop.

Viewing - Opportunities - Launch - New - York

Still, there are potential viewing opportunities for the launch as far away as New York City. People who are near Wallops Island in Virginia and southern...
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