The SouthCoast Could Get a Glimpse of NASA’s Rocket Launch This Friday
The mission, called KiNet-X, will launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday with the goal of exploring energy transport in space.
The best part? You don't even have to be close to Virginia to see the rocket with your own eyes! In a press release, NASA wrote that the launch may actually be visible in Bermuda and across much of the eastern United States. That means that, given the right weather conditions, we could possibly see the rocket shoot across the SouthCoast skies on Friday night.
So when should we look up? According to NASA, there will be a 40-minute launch window starting at 7:58 p.m., and different parts of the East Coast may be able to see the rocket for different amounts of time. If conditions are optimal, the rocket should be visible across most of Massachusetts for anywhere between 30 and 60 seconds once it appears. However, a small strip along the SouthCoast and into Rhode Island may be able to see the rocket for even longer, potentially up to 90 seconds.
The only issue when it comes to our chances of spotting the launch here on the SouthCoast will be potential clouds. As of right now, The Weather Channel is forecasting partly cloudy skies for Friday evening that will give way to cloudy skies overnight. Let's hope that as the launch date creeps closer, Mother Nature decides to clear up our skies a little bit and allows us to see this neat spectacle from our own backyards.
In the case that weather impedes our chances of seeing the launch or you're just unable to step outside to watch the sky, you'll be able to catch NASA's launch online through the Wallops IBM video site.
Seekonk Amusement Rides and Games Up for Auction
READ ON: Weird, wild UFO sightings from throughout history
KEEP READING: Get answers to 51 of the most frequently asked weather questions...