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NASA Launching Colorful Clouds Over The East Coast – Here's How To Watch

Postby sunnyd » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:29 pm

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NASA is gearing up to launch a rocket that will create colorful, luminescent clouds that will be visible to skywatchers along the mid-Atlantic coastline.

The so-called sounding rocket is currently scheduled to be launched Monday night, some time between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. EDT, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia shore. Four previous launch attempts had to be scrubbed for different reasons.

A few minutes after launching the rocket, NASA will release ten soda-can-sized canisters containing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds, the space agency explained on its website.

These colorful clouds will allow NASA to visually track particle motions in space. The rocket launch will support deeper studies of the ionosphere - a zone of the Earth's outer atmosphere - and aurora, NASA said.

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