The Minotaur rocket for the U.S. Air Force mission is scheduled to launch tonight, November 19, 2013.
Right now the window of opportunity is 7:30 - 9:15 pm from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and the launch can be viewed from our area.
According to this image from Space.com the rocket will be visible shortly after the launch.
This is being called a record setting launch because it is launching 29 satellites into orbit.
It's the most satellites being launched ever, in a single mission.
Something else that is unique about this mission is that is it launching the first ever satellite build by students.
The TJ2Sat (named for the students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria) was not only built by the students but it was designed by them as well.
As far as the weather tonight, the weather is looking great!
We are expecting clear skies and the winds do look to calm down by the launch window time frame.
It will be chilly out but head outside a few minutes before 7:30.
Look east in the sky and low on the horizon.
The first sighting of the rocket should be within 60 seconds of the launch time, at a low elevation of 5o above the horizon.
This image shows it's initial view.
At the maximum, for our area in the Valley it should be about 10o above the horizon.
I hope you get a chance to look outside and view it.
I'm setting my alarm for it now because the last time I forgot, and was a few minutes late.
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