When you can see tonight’s NASA rocket launch in Virginia

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WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — A NASA rocket scheduled to launch Wednesday night from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia should be visible across most of Central Virginia and beyond. The two-hour launch window is between 7 and 9 p.m.

“Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud that is blue-green and red in color,” NASA posted online.

NASA said the colorful launch would be visible from New York City to Morehead City, North Carolina and west to Charlottesville.

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“Sounding rockets, also called suborbital rockets, are valuable tools in qualifying technologies for flight,” NASA added. “During this suborbital flight, NASA will test a modified Black Brant sounding rocket motor, launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and sub-payload ejection technologies.”