Some Public Launch Viewing Sites Closed; Help Wallops Refine its Viewing Maps

This "first-sight" map indicates potential to see Orbital ATK's Antares rocket in the minutes following its launch. Credit: Orbital ATK
This “first-sight” map indicates potential to see Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket in the minutes following its launch. Credit: Orbital ATK

East Coast map with circles indicating approximate post-launch time for first potential sighting of Antares launch
Viewing map prepared by NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
Local to the Wallops area, Arbuckleneck Road and Assateague Island have been closed to the public by area officials and will not be available for viewing the Antares rocket launch.

Additional information on public viewing locations in the Wallops-Chincoteague area is available here.

Launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft is proceeding as scheduled for a 7:40 p.m. EDT liftoff this evening, Oct. 17, 2016, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

For viewers elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility could use your help! Our talented mission planners and engineers help us develop launch visibility maps, to give you all an idea of where to look to see launches from Wallops.

Let us know where you watch the Antares launch, when it comes into view, and how high you see it in the sky. Share details and your own photos with NASA Wallops on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Your timed observations with approximate latitude-longitude (or city and state) help us refine our maps!

52 thoughts on “Some Public Launch Viewing Sites Closed; Help Wallops Refine its Viewing Maps”

  1. Beautiful, clear afternoon, with good visibility to the north in Kure Beach, NC !

  2. Wildwood nj beach is a great sight. We are going to miss it because we have to leave but hope to see it on the 95 corridor in md tonight

  3. Saw it in Waynesboro PA–Between Hagarstown MD and Gettyburg PA. Little red dot with a tail travelling fast at a 45 degree angle into a cloud band

  4. Was eagerly anticipating seeing it; unfortunately, I did not. Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, PA.

  5. Great viewing from Germantown, MD!
    GPS location:
    39°10’08.2″N 77°15’43.0″W
    39.168951, -77.261939
    First observed at 7:46:46 ± 5 s (using NIST time widget at
    Maximum elevation estimated at 15° (using fist and a half at arms length) shortly before 1st stage burnout.

  6. Saw it above the tree line from the middle of Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian VA around 75 seconds after launch. It winked out of view at around 200,000 feet according to the commentary.

  7. A view of the Orbital ATK OA5 Antares launch, just prior to stage 1 cutoff:

    Taken from the Lake Johnson dam in Raleigh, NC, facing east, at approximately 7:50pm Eastern time. Image is a 15 second exposure.

    35°45’43.7″N 78°42’18.7″W
    35.762136, -78.705190

  8. We watched it from our backyard in West Pittston PA (Northeast PA – 18643 zip code). It came into view at 7:48 PM EDT. This is the third time we have Been able to view a launch.

    Congratulations on a successful launch!

  9. Saw it from Alexandria, VA, along the Potomac River ~120 secs after launch, so the graphic time was accurate. It was a steady bright orange dot in tbe SW sky as it rose above the horizon, then appeared to hang in the sky eventually turning red before 1st stage burnout. After about 15-20 secs, the 2nd stage lit off, which was fainter, then the light disappeared out of sight about 20-25 secs later. Congratulations on the return to space flight from Wallops!

  10. I love the Wallops app! It helps direct you to exactly where to look for the rocket. I saw it all the way inFrederick, MD!!!!!

  11. First, it was extraordinary! All the way from California Md we could see the rocket for at least 10-15 minutes. The sky conditions were perfect! During Ithe initial minutes we could see all three cones emanating from the engines. As it turned away from us it became a beautiful orange dot in the sky. My kids loved it almost as much as I did. Look forward to more activity from Wallops!!! Thanks, and congrats on the successful launch.

  12. Dover De, saw it from approx 100K through 300K and after the 1st stage separation looking south at 186 deg

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