Excellent Viewing Conditions Expected for Monday Night’s Rocket Launch
Your next chance to look up in the South Jersey sky and see a rocket launch is set for Monday.
The rocket will lift off from NASA’s Wallops Island launch facility in eastern Virginia, about 115 south of Atlantic City, Monday, October 27th at 6:45pm.
Skies are expected to be clear and viewing conditions should be excellent from anywhere in South Jersey, especially along the coastline.
NASA says the Orb-3 resupply rocket, packed with supplies, will meet up with the International Space Station on November 2nd.
The nighttime launch could light up the sky for millions of observers along a wide swath of the Eastern Seaboard, and should be visible from northeastern Canada and Maine to Florida, and from as far inland as Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky, depending on local weather conditions, according to NASA and Orbital Sciences visibility maps.
You can watch the nighttime launch live online here, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
If you plan on watching, here's what you can expect to see: A light in the sky similar to a very bright star shining with a yellow-white tinge. It may also seem that the rocket dips back to Earth as it moves farther away from the observer — just as a ship appears to sink as it moves out to sea — but actually the rocket is going higher, faster and farther from populated areas.