Rocket Launch Visible From CT and NY Postponed to Monday
Sunday night's rocket launch was postponed, but you'll have another chance to catch a view of it from our area on Monday night.
NASA has been reporting that the launch of the next commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station will be visible from right here in Connecticut and New York. The launch on Sunday night was scrapped after a ground support equipment cable failed to perform as expected during the pre-launch check out. The rocket will now take off on Monday night at 7:40pm.
The weather forecast is calling for a chance of showers and some clouds, so it may be a bit more difficult to view the launch depending on the conditions later this evening. Clouds aren't the only obstacle to viewing the rocket, you'll also want to make sure you're positioned in the right direction.
The launch can be seen best if you're facing South/South West. You'll also want to make sure you have a clear view of the horizon without obstacles such as trees and buildings in your field of vision. That way you'll have time to catch the rocket traveling into space before it leaves the atmosphere.
While the rocket will be visible by the naked eye, a good pair of binoculars or a telephoto lens may give you an even more spectacular view. Space.com reports that you may even see a short contrail off of the rocket. Because it is liquid-fueled, the rocket will be traveling a little slower than other spacecraft that have been launched from Virginia in the past.
Will you be checking out the rocket launch on Monday night? If so, we'd love to see your pictures. Feel free to post them on our Facebook page.