10 Glorious Shots of Last Night's Rocket Launch, Taken By You

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.


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

Auroranexus took this one from southern Pennsylvania:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to everyone who put their shots online!

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

When and Where To Watch Tonight's Minotaur Rocket Launch

Twenty-nine tiny satellites are tightening their seat belts as they prepare to be launched into space aboard the Minotaur 1 rocket this evening. According to Space.com, the launch will create a "spectacular sight" for a huge swath of the East Coast. Where should you peep it?

The Minotaur 1 will be setting off from NASA's barrier island launch site on Wallops Island, in Virginia—which means, somewhat vaguely, that you should look southwest if you're in New York. People in south Brooklyn—or anyone south of Midtown, really—should have a pretty good view, as will those in D.C. and Atlantic City. If you aren't on the East Coast, check out the live stream here. The launch window will last for two hours, starting at 7:30pm EST and lasting until 9:30. There's a zero percent chance of precipitation, so it's unlikely the rocket will be delayed.


Ready your cameras, crack open the malt liquor, and join us in saluting the next generation of satellites. Then post your pictures below. Do it! [Space; Gothamist]

Lead image: jhallen59 on Flickr/Creative Commons.