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FIRST ALERT: Rocket launch to be visible from Grand Strand

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 3:18 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch will likely be visible Thursday night from the Grand Strand.

SpaceX and NASA have teamed up for their latest rocket launch set to take place this evening. The launch is set for 6:12 P.M. from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch the next constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink. The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.

Visible this evening.
Visible this evening.(WMBF)

Based on the projected flight path and the time of the day, residents of the Grand Strand will likely be treated to a view of the rocket.

With the liftoff scheduled just after sunset, the dark sky will make it easier to see the rocket as it enters the upper atmosphere. As the rocket climbs higher and passes out of the Earth’s atmosphere, the rocket separation phase may result in a brightly colored trail that appears over the eastern sky.

If the skies are clear enough, the rocket may be visible low in the southeastern sky just seconds after liftoff and then for several minutes after.

To view the rocket launch, simply find a location with an unobstructed view of the southern and eastern sky. The beaches provide an excellent viewing location. To look for the rocket launch stand facing the ocean then turn your body about 45 degrees to the right. This will place you looking in the direction of liftoff.

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