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NIGHT LAUNCH ATLAS 5 ROCKET

Just an alert about a rocket launch tomorrow evening (Thursday, January 23) from Cape Canaveral. THIS IS A NON KAYAK EVENT FROM YOUR HOME They are launching a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite atop an Atlas 5 rocket.

The launch window opens at 9:05 p.m. and closes at 9:45 p.m.

Assuming the lift-off is at 9:05, you can expect to see it from Florida's west coast starting around 9:07 p.m. If you're anywhere around the Tampa Bay area, look to the northeast.

Given how clear and crisp the skies have been (and are predicted to be tomorrow), it is likely going to be VERY easy to see this one!

Good luck and clear skies!

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  • NancyLee

    Spectacular. Thanks to Kerry for the heads-up

    January 24, 2014

  • NancyLee

    and I thought I had missed it, but long minutes after the actual launch, I saw it, (from rural East Manatee County)bright emerald and red, appear over the treetops. The clear sky and absence of city lights, I was able to track it until it faded in the East. Amazing.

    January 24, 2014

  • Kerry G.

    Did everyone see that. 9:37 pm I saw it from Brandon, FL, above the tree tops . long bright red flume. Looked like it went East then appeared to go South as it went away from us at an angle. Totally awesome.

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A. To see the launch look East and close to the horizon about 9PM (You can track the launch in real time on the internet).
    B. The best locations is out on our barrier islands with a clear view of the Eastern horizon. Another good location is on a tall bridge.
    C. Expect to see a bright spot rise low in the sky moving away from you as the rocket moves Eastward (away) into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a great experience.

    January 23, 2014

  • Marti

    I like that you post these events! I would have forgot to look

    January 22, 2014

  • NancyLee

    The previous meteor shower posted was great, so I am going to stand out in the cold and watch for the launch. I can usually see them 5 to 10 minutes after "lift-off".

    January 22, 2014

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