The Sequester-delayed satellite-toting rocket, Minotaur 1, soared off into space at around 8pm last night, giving much of the East Coast a brief-but-awesome light show. We asked you to upload your best shots, and there were a few gems to be found by the end of the night.

Check five of them out below—we also included a few nice ones from around the internet (NASA's is up top). And if you missed the launch, don't worry: The next scheduled blast-off from the same facility, on Wallops Island, Virginia, is due to happen on December 15.

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A friend of mwhite66 took this shot from Northern Virginia, about 20 miles west of DC:

Auroranexus took this one from southern Pennsylvania:

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Arcane took a slightly shaky-but-still-fun video:

Here's an amazing shot from VirtualMirage, taken from Lookout Point, Maryland:

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Meanwhile, Robert Hartley took this very dark shot from Hoboken, showing the thin line of the flight path:

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boomboomboom pointed out this photo from xmrrushx on Flickr/CC:

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Meanwhile, on the Flickrs and the Twitters, there were plenty of other excellent shots. Ben Wurst (Flickr/CC) took this from Bass River, NJ:

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Jason Kuffer (Flickr/CC) took this arcing shot of the arc over Manhattan:

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And on the north shore of Long Beach, Flickr user Chris Swann (Flickr/CC) shot this lovely photo:

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Thanks to everyone who put their shots online!

Lead image: NASA/Allison Stancil, taken from Wallops Island, VA.

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