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Watch the live stream of the Antares rocket launch here.

UPDATE: With 12 minutes to go until liftoff, the launch was cancelled because a boat was within range of the safety area.

There will be a 24 hour turnaround period despite near 100% favorable weather conditions Monday night.

The spacecraft may launch as early as 6:19 p.m. Tuesday.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (PIX11) — You’ll get a beautiful view of the Antares rocket launching Monday night right from your own backyard.

Weather permitting, residents along the East Coast from Massachusetts to South Carolina will be able to see the rocket appear as a bright moving star. With binoculars, you’ll even be able to see a tiny V-shaped tail.

The 14-story Antares rocket was built by Orbital Sciences Corp. for Orb-3, the third official mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

The craft will launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia at 6:45 p.m. The $1.9 billion deal will bring 5,000 lbs of supplies to the ISS by Nov. 2.

The launch will be the first ever night launch of the rocket: the four previous launches were during the day.

This Antares launch visiblity map released by Orbital Sciences also lists the visibility times for different East Coast regions, based on the number of seconds after a 6:45 p.m. EDT (2245 GMT) launch. This the color-coding of this map makes it a useful tool for determining when and where to look from your location. Credit: Orbital Sciences.

This map shows when the rocket will be seen based on East Coast locations, indicating the number of seconds after a 6:45 p.m. launch. This map also shows the path of the spacecraft in white. (Orbital Sciences)

During the 180 seconds after lift off, the rocket will go through the first stage using kerosene and liquid O2 as propellants. Then, it will breaks up in the atmosphere and falls into Atlantic Ocean.

Four minutes and 41 seconds after liftoff, the spacecraft will use solid fuel in the second stage. From the ground, it will appear to move back to earth, then disappear beyond horizon.

Where to look:

  • New Jersey/Southeast New York: From liftoff to the end of stage 1, look south. At the start of the stage 2 ignition, look southeast.
  • Southern New England and Long Island: From liftoff to the end of stage 1, look south-southwest. At the start of the stage 2 ignition, for Western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long Island, look southeast.


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