Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NASA "light show" should be visible in the Wildwoods tonight

Tonight's forecast calls for clear skies, which should make for perfect conditions to view a spectacular light show in the sky, courtesy of a NASA experiment.

Between 7 - 9 p.m., NASA will release colorful vapor tracers 130 miles above the Earth, ejected from a rocket launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

"Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud this blue-green and red in color," NASA announced on its official website.

NASA also noted that residents from as far away as 235 miles north of the launch site to 232 miles south and 165 west should be able to get a glimpse of the colorful display.

The Wildwoods are located approximately 110 miles north of Wallops, putting us well in range.

For more information about the test flight, check out:

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