People living in the East Coast of the United States will enjoy a colorful sky on Sunday night (June 11) at 9:04 p.m. EDT (0104 GMT on Monday) as NASA launches a sounding rocket that will create artificial red and blue clouds.
You can also watch the liftoff, which will take place from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, at the Wallops Ustream site.
The clouds may be visible along the Atlantic Coast stretching from North Carolina up to New York, depending on the weather, after the rocket launches from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
“The window for a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launch to test a new ampoule ejection system designed to support studies of the ionosphere and aurora opens June 11 and runs through June 18. Astronomers have arranged the lift-off for June 11 launch to happen between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. EDT.
“NASA has two ground stations — at Wallops and Duck, N.C. — to view blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part of the test. Clear skies are required at one of the two ground stations for this test.
“The multi-canister ampoule ejection system flying on this mission will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously able. Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.
“The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.
“The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 8 p.m. on launch day for viewing the flight.
“Live coverage of the mission will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the Wallops Ustream site. Launch updates also are available via the Wallops Facebook and Twitter sites.”
So, for people along the East Coast, the clouds will be visible around 4:30 a.m. EST. Anyone outside the viewing region can catch the NASA live stream of the sight.