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Discussion: Wallops VA launch this Sunday

in: Becks; Becks > 2020-02-03

Feb 7, 2020 4:28 PM # 
You might have a good shot at seeing this given the timing after sunset. A SSE view over the water would be best.

This snuck up on me. They've moved up the spring Antares resupply flight by 2.5 months. I can't find a reason why. In any case, the launch is this Sunday evening, Feb 9 at 5:39 PM EST from Wallops. Weather currently 90% favorable for launch. This is right after local sunset. Sky will be a little bright, but illumination up high might make it interesting. Its 15 mins after sunset in NYC and 30 mins after sunset in Boston, so the lighting will be better and better the farther up the coast people are.

Wallops tracking page
NASA press release with east coast visibility timing map

Also later that evening there's an Atlas V launch of the Solar Orbiter from KSC. Sunday evening, Feb 9, window opening at 11:03 PM EST.
Feb 10, 2020 4:29 PM # 
New launch date: N.E.T. Thursday, Feb. 13
Feb 14, 2020 10:02 PM # 
Hopefully tomorrow (Sat, Feb 15, 3:21 p.m. EST) will be the charm. Unfortunately due to the earlier launch window it will be in full daylight and very difficult to see from any large distance.

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