FIRST ALERT: Rocket launch likely visible this evening

Published: May. 5, 2022 at 3:10 PM EDT|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 4:41 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia will likely be visible across the Grand Strand this evening.

According to ROCKET LAB, “the “Virginia is for Launch Lovers” mission will deploy satellites for leading radio frequency geospatial analytics provider HawkEye 360. It will be Rocket Lab’s first lift-off from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport within NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia – a launch pad developed to support missions from U.S. soil for government and commercial customers.

A rocket launch from Wallops Island, VA will likely be visible in the Grand Strand this evening.
A rocket launch from Wallops Island, VA will likely be visible in the Grand Strand this evening.(WMBF)

The launch window runs from 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM this evening. The launch will likely be visible in the Grand Strand 90 seconds to 2 minutes after liftoff.

With such a large window for a launch, watch here for live updates: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/

The best way to view the launch will be to look to the north and northeast sky just after liftoff. The rocket will appear as a fast moving star and may have a brightly illuminated tail.

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