Rocket launch rescheduled for tonight

We have two possible shows in this evening sky.

Posted: May 12, 2021 5:17 PM

We have two possible shows in this evening sky. First, NASA's Black Brant XII rocket is scheduled to launch this evening at 7:59 pm with an extended window through 8:53 pm. I think they are itching to launch tonight, especially after yesterday's last minute ditch. The vapor plume they are ejecting will be visible from our location. This is being used to study space plasma.

Second, a geomagnetic storm took place this afternoon and will be winding down this evening.  A geomagnetic storm is energy from the sun that's ejected into space and interacts with earth's atmosphere.  This is what produces the northern nights. There's the possibility that we could see the northern lights locally, after sunset, if the storm is still lingering.  The Space Weather Prediction Center is expecting the storm to wind down this evening.

Look to the southeastern sky for the rocket launch and just above the northern horizon for the northern lights. Being away from city lights is best. Skies are expected to be mostly clear!

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