RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Early birds on Monday morning will catch a show if they know where to look.
The ANTARES rocket is slated to be launched from NASA's Wallops Island Facility on the Eastern Shore.
The launch had been scheduled Sunday but was delayed.
Most of the rockets launched from Wallops are sub-orbital, which means they don't get high enough to enter Earth orbit. This one will not only go into orbit, but it will eventually dock with and resupply the International Space Station.
If skies are clear, it will be easy to see in Richmond. The farther east you are, the easier it will be to see, especially along the Chesapeake Bay.
Below is a video from a launch like this two years ago taken near Willow Lawn, on the western edge of Richmond. The launch starts at the 14:20 mark.
Here are some things to keep in mind to prepare for the launch:
1) First, bookmark the page below. You'll be able to stream the launch and see if it is delayed or canceled.
2) Makes plans to get up early. The launch is scheduled for 4:29 a.m. Monday, but the window can float. Get outside a few minutes before 4:30 a.m. and watch.
4) Find a spot with a clear view of the eastern horizon. The farther east, the better. The western shores of the Chesapeake Bay are an ideal location, but a HUGE part of the Mid-Atlantic will see the launch, if the weather permits.
Enjoy the show, and let's hope for clear skies and no wayward boats in the launch zone, because they can cause the launch to be scrubbed.
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