NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is scheduled to launch a rocket that will be visible around D.C. as it climbs into the sky Tuesday.
The facility hopes to launch the 16th Northrop Grumman resupply mission to the International Space Station at 5:56 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Cygnus cargo ship is the S.S. Ellison Onizuka, named for the first Asian-American selected as an astronaut.
NASA will carry the launch live starting at 5:30 p.m.
Weather prospects are currently 80% for launch and seeing the rocket ascend into the sky.
Try to find an open area free of trees and buildings for the best chance of watching the launch. Once you have spotted it, try taking a peek through binoculars for a closer view.
By the way, after sunset, look in the west to see the beautiful grouping of the young waxing crescent moon and Venus. Bright Jupiter — with dimmer Saturn to the right — will be visible in the southeast when it gets dark.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks this week on the night of Aug. 11 and possibly the night of Aug. 12. Don’t miss out on what is expected to be a great sky show. Getting to a dark location with an open view of the sky works best.