Rocket Launch Tonight Will Be Visible from US East Coast

Skies across the Mid-Atlantic states are expected to be crystal clear tonight, and if all goes according to plan, the switchboards of local radio and television stations might see a sudden bevy of calls sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. EDT from people caught off guard by the sight of a sounding rocket. The booster will be carrying instruments to study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.

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The launch is scheduled to take place from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. A Black Brant XII suborbital rocket will carry the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) into Earth’s upper atmosphere.

You can also watch the launch live on Ustream beginning at 10 p.m.tonight.



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