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Friday Night Moon Rocket Launch Should Be Visible From New England

By Terry Eliasen, WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer
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(Image Credit: NASA)

(Image Credit: NASA)

BOSTON (CBS) – One of the true benefits of the transition to autumn in New England is the deep blue skies that we can get on clear, dry days. While it isn’t officially fall yet, Friday night will be one of those nights, which is great news.

Read: More Details About The Spacecraft

NASA will be launching the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) atop a brand-new Mintaur V rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and nearly 85 million people in the Northeastern United States will have a chance to see it… and YOU are one of them!

The Rocket will orbit the Moon and gather “detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere, as well as moon dust conditions near the surface,” according to NASA.

Sounds a bit dry right? If your eyes are starting to glaze over, let me just get to the point… If you plan on being awake around 11:27 p.m., throw on a fleece and go outdoors. Try to pick a spot away from light pollution, trees and buildings. Look toward the south-southeastern sky and enjoy. It will likely take 90 to 120 seconds before we can see the rocket streaking across the night sky.

Who says you have to go to Cape Canaveral just to see a good rocket launch…Tonight the show will be in your backyard…Enjoy!

And by the way, for those less adventurous types, you can also watch the launch live online from SPACE.com… but that’s kinda lame isn’t it?

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