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Rocket Launch Monday Night May Be Visible From Local Beaches

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Viewing times for a planned rocket launch Monday night. (Photo: NASA)
Viewing times for a planned rocket launch Monday night. (Photo: NASA)

The Jersey Shore may be a prime viewing location for the launch of an Antares rocket scheduled to take flight Monday night from the Wallops Island, Va. NASA launch facility.

According to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, the launch should be visible across much of the eastern US, especially across the mid-Atlantic region. Clear skies at the 6:45 p.m. launch time will make it easier to see.

In order to see the launch, observers should look to the south from a clear location – the beach is perfect – and the rocket should be visible within 90 to 180 seconds after the launch. Ocean County, according to a chart provided by the National Weather Service, is on the border of two zones of exactly where to look for the launch – 10 feet above the horizon and 15 feet above the horizon. So keep a sharp lookout in that range.

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The rocket will carry an Orbital Cygnus spacecraft that will be conducting a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. More information about how to view the launch is available at: http://blogs.nasa.gov/orbital/2014/10/24/how-to-view-the-crs-3-launch.

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