Stargazers on the East Coast of the US will get a special spectral treat today as NASA prepares its sixth attempt at a rocket launch. Later today, the space agency will create artificial, colourful clouds as a way to study auroras and the ionosphere.
According to NASA, the most recent attempt on June 11 was scrapped due to “boats in the launch range hazard area”. This time, the launch will occur between 11:04 and 11:19AM AEST (9:04 and 9:19PM EDT) — folks from New York to North Carolina should be able to see some red and blue clouds.
“Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapour to form artificial clouds,” NASA said in a statement. “These clouds, or vapour tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.”
Those in Australia and/or locked in a dungeon can check out the live stream here, beginning at around 10:30AM AEST. Hopefully it won’t get cancelled — again.