If you’re late, look up.
A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to fly over the coast of Southern California after liftoff at 11:04 p.m. Monday from Vandenberg Space Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara.
The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch shortly after midnight Thursday, but the launch and another rocket scheduled for Friday were canceled. SpaceX said the impact of Hurricane Hillary on Restore the first stage of reinforcement in the Pacific Ocean.
Click the play button below to watch Thursday’s rocket launch.
It may be the rocket and the exhaust shaft visible for hundreds of miles As it rises south along the coast, if the sky is clear. Launches after sunset and before sunrise usually provide the best views as the rocket reflects the sun’s rays against a dark sky background.
The rocket will carry 21 Starlink internet satellites into low Earth orbit. The booster first stage, making its 15th flight, will land on the Of Course I Still Love You drone stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
Four additional operating windows are available from 11:54 PM to 2:26 AM Pacific Time.
SpaceX has a Starlink constellation of satellites that orbit Earth at an altitude of about 340 miles, delivered into space by the company’s rockets. The Starlink network is designed to provide high-speed Internet anywhere in the world.
If the lighting conditions are right, the satellites appear in a train as they parade across the night sky. Satellites are sometimes visible in the first few minutes after sunset and before sunrise when the sun is below the horizon, but the satellites are high enough to reflect direct sunlight.
Use the FindStarlink tracker To find the next best viewing times.
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