NASA is set to launch a rocket from its Wallops Island facility on Saturday evening, May 8, that will likely be visible from several states and even as far away as Bermuda.
The space agency said in a press release that it was undertaking “a mission to explore energy transport in space using a NASA suborbital sounding rocket.”
The launch, it said, “may provide a brief light show for residents of the eastern United States and Bermuda.”
The launch is scheduled “no earlier than 8:02 p.m. EDT with a 40-minute launch window.”
The rocket’s launching process “includes the release of barium vapor that will form two green-violet clouds that may be visible for about 30 seconds,” the agency said; that material “will be released approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds to around 10 minutes after launch,” meaning the earliest the trails may be visible could be around 8:12 p.m.