Rocket launch may be viewable in Central New York

A rocket launch in Maryland may be visible in Central New York if the weather cooperates.

Posted: May 7, 2021 6:17 PM

There's a rocket launch scheduled for 8:02 pm in Maryland that will be visibile in Central New York, weather permitting. The rocket is expected to release a large plume of barium vapor that's not harmful to the environment. That plume should be visible in the southeastern part of the sky about 30-60 seconds after launch.

Unfortunately, the sky conditions don't look to cooperate locally, with patchy fog and drizzle lingering east of Utica. It's possible that there could be some breaks in the overcast west of Utica. Here's a look at our skycast data at the time of launch:

The rocket launch is also weather dependent on the launch site. The forecast for the launch location is calling for decreasing clouds. If the clouds linger in this area, the launch may be delayed, offering us perhaps a better viewing opportunity locally in the future. Stay tuned.

There was a really interesting sight in the sky last night.  A series of Starlink Satellites flew across the sky around 9:20 pm and produced quite the showing of fast moving lights. 

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