Rocket Launch Could Be Visible over Kalamazoo
The launch of a NASA rocket on Saturday night may be visible in West Michigan depending on weather conditions.
The mission, called the KiNETic-scale energy and momentum transport eXperiment, or KiNet-X, was originally set to launch on a four stage rocket on Friday night, but was pushed back due to weather conditions. The launch is taking place at the NASA facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.
The East Coast launch means that if skies are clear, the launch could be visible in much of the Midwest, including a window of up to two minutes in West Michigan.
NASA says the light show will be similar to that of the Northern lights when the rocket releases it's vapor:
A four-stage Black Brant XII rocket will be used for the mission that includes the release of barium vapor that will form two green-violet clouds that may be visible for about 30 seconds. The barium vapor is not harmful to the environment or public health
Currently the launch is set for no earlier than 8:02 pm EST with a 40 minute launch window. The rocket is expected to release the vapor that may be visible to us 9-10 minutes after launch.
We will need a little bit of luck to see the launch in West Michigan though, as the National Weather Service is currently calling for mostly cloudy skies around 8pm on Saturday.
If the clouds do stick around, you can see the launch online as NASA will also be providing a live stream on the Wallops streaming site.