At 11:27 p.m. tonight, a rocket launch will take place at the Wallops flight facility.
The weather will be absolutely beautiful for the launch.
Clear skies and light wind, a nice cool night. The rocket will be visible in our area.
If you want to have a chance to see the rocket launch, look east.
Here is an image from NASA showing the radius of viewing opportunities.
Our area is in the very dark blue. So the launch will take place at 11:27 tonight, and the rocket should be view-able within 60 seconds from the launch time. Look low in the east sky.
This is a very interesting and exciting launch as NASA featuring the LADEE mission, Lunar Atmospheric and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).
As the name states, it's going to explore lunar dust.
If you want to step outside tonight, it's going to be nice and cool, with temperatures in the low to mid 60s between 11 and midnight.
Not good enough to see it from the Valley? You can check out NASA's live broadcast of the launch here www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#.UioDoX-YeKU
Here's another great image from NASA showing the path of the rocket.
This is where you would look if you are in Richmond, but you can see how low it stays in the east sky, and that's the track of the rocket as it makes it's way around Earth's orbit.
The rocket won't be visible for long, so make sure you get outside before 11:27 p.m., and you should see the rocket within a minute.
We have an interview with a NASA Scientist and will air that with details about the exploration tonight at 6 p.m.