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!
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Albany, NY area has a heavy cloud cover today!
Mostly cloudy in the Hudson valley ny. Hope the clouds move out. Looking fwd to taking pictures of this awesome sight!!
Just saw it in Craigsville, West Virginia.
Launch is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 17.
Clear in Forest Hill, Md
Crystal clear in Williamsburg VA
Clear sky in Abingdon, Harford County, Maryland.
Clear skies in Hershey Pennsylvania. Fingers crossed.
Clear sky’s in deltaville Virginia.
Clear in Chevy Chase, Maryland. We can’t wait!
Blue bird day in Fire Island, NY
Hagerstown, Md and Greencastle, Pa. has clear skies at 6pm.
Beautifully clear in Raleigh, NC–we can’t wait!
Beautiful, clear afternoon, with good visibility to the north in Kure Beach, NC !
Clear skies in Ladysmith, VA tonight!!
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
All clear here in West Chester, Pa.
Clear skies in Newtown, PA!
Clear in Lawrence, PA
Clear in Bowling Green, VA!
Still clear here in Bowie, Maryland
Clear in Annapolis, MD at 7:12 p.m.
Clear in Newark, DE
Clear and calm in Mathews, va!
Hard to tell in Madison CT. !
Clear shies in the Eastern Panhandle of WV.
Clear skies in Millsboro, DE
Clear sky in Pittsburgh,PA!!!
Saw it in Craigsville, West Virginia
Saw it Chesapeake Beach, MD
Saw it in Chesapeake Beach, MD
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
Saw it in Emerald Isle, NC!
Saw it in Oxford pa it was AMAZING
Was eagerly anticipating seeing it; unfortunately, I did not. Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, PA.
Saw it go up go out and re light
Ocean city nj
Saw from Eldersburg MD at 7:47 est.
Saw it in Loudoun County, VA
Saw it in Mercersburg ,Pa! I think it was around 7:43
Raleigh NC – About 1 Min 20 seconds. Saw it all the way through until Stage 2 cutout.
We saw it in Mercersburg Pa! Not sure of the time. Approximately 7:43.
Great viewing from Germantown, MD!
First observed at 7:46:46 ± 5 s (using NIST time widget at time.gov)
Maximum elevation estimated at 15° (using fist and a half at arms length) shortly before 1st stage burnout.
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.
I saw it in South Seaside Park, NJ at 7:52pm for about 6-7 minutes
A view of the Orbital ATK OA5 Antares launch, just prior to stage 1 cutoff: http://imgur.com/XSLKhch
Taken from the Lake Johnson dam in Raleigh, NC, facing east, at approximately 7:50pm Eastern time. Image is a 15 second exposure.
We saw it in Hellertown, pa which is southern Lehigh Valley
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!
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!
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!!!!!
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.
Dover De, saw it from approx 100K through 300K and after the 1st stage separation looking south at 186 deg
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