NASA Wallops Rocket Launch Moved To Next Week, But Here's How You Can Watch Colorful 'Light Show' [Updated]

Lorenzo Tanos

According to a report from CNN, residents from New York to North Carolina were supposed to be treated to the sight of "blue-green and red clouds" early on Saturday morning. This was because the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore was preparing to launch the Terrier-Improved Malumute sounding rocket between 4:26 a.m. and 4:41 a.m. ET.

Unfortunately, that launch didn't take place as scheduled, as NASA wrote earlier today in a press release confirming the postponement to Sunday, June 4, with the same launch window of 4:26 to 4:41 a.m. ET. According to the space agency, weather was a factor in previous postponements, but this time, it was another unforeseen event that forced the launch to be moved one day later.

"While the winds and skies were the issues the previous two launch attempts, this morning's attempt was scrubbed because of boats in the second stage impact area."

Had NASA's Wallops facility gone forward with the rocket launch, the Terrier-Improved Malumute would have released 10 soft drink can-sized canisters, each loaded with colored vapor that would allow sky gazers to witness something akin to a light show. According to NASA, the clouds that appear when the vapor is released are created when barium, strontium, and cupric-oxide interact with each other. And while this may sound like a dangerous mix of elements, the space agency assured mid-Atlantic coast residents that the clouds do not pose any risk whatsoever due to the fact they would be formed about 100 miles above ground.

This time, the last-minute hitch came in the form of boats in one of the impact areas, and it's safe to say people are getting impatient and hoping that nothing will come in the way of the NASA Wallops "light show" on Sunday morning.

CNN recommends that sky gazers near the East Coast look toward the eastern horizon starting at about 4:30 a.m. Those farther north in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. would be able to view the NASA Wallops light show in the lower southeastern sky. Those in southern cities such as Norfolk and Virginia Beach are advised to look toward the northeast, while those in Richmond and Charlottesville would get the best view directly to the east.

If you don't live in any of the aforementioned areas, NASA will be live streaming the event as it happens and will provide updates on the NASA Wallops social media pages. The space agency has confirmed that Sunday's live stream will take place at 3:45 a.m., or less than an hour before the sounding rocket is launched.

[Featured Image by NASA]

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