NASA will try for the fourth time Tuesday night to launch a rocket into space from its Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia that could leave a colorful vapor cloud visible along the East Coast.
If the launch of the Black Brant XII sounding rocket finally happens and conditions along the Eastern Seaboard are conducive, the rocket launch could be visible from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The forecast is not great for Tuesday night in New Jersey though, with partly cloudy skies and a stray shower possible, according to AccuWeather.com.
NASA says the rocket may be visible from far southern New Jersey within 10 seconds of the launch, from most areas of New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and New York City from 10 to 30 seconds after launch, and from far northern New Jersey, most of Pennsylvania and most of New York state from 30 to 60 seconds after the launch.
NASA says two harmless vapor clouds will form north of Bermuda about 9 minutes and 30 seconds after launch as part of the mission and those clouds — likely to be a violet color — may also be briefly visible from the eastern United States.
Chris Bakley, an astronomy expert and astro-photographer from South Jersey, said you won’t need a telescope or binoculars to see the rocket or the vapor clouds.
A pink-colored cloud hovering over the Jersey Shore and other parts of the eastern United States created a buzz on social media Wednesday night, March 3, 2021.