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.
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.