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NASA’s ‘Rainbow Clouds’ Will be Visible Over Hudson Valley Tonight

Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images
Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

NASA will be conducting an experiment over the East Coast tonight that will produce a large, rainbow-colored cloud overhead.

After the rocket launch was scrubbed by scientists on Monday, the mission is now scheduled for tonight. Clouds impaired the experiment which is suppose to study the ionosphere. In fact, the launch has been canceled several times, but experts are hoping tonight will finally be the night.

The rocket will be releasing canisters that will spread blue-green and red vapor across the sky, forming artificial clouds. The clouds will allow scientists to track particle motions in space.¬† For those of us not studying the particles, we are left with what’s expected to be a spectacular display of rainbow clouds over the East Coast from New York to North Carolina.

The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 pm If there are no heavy clouds over the Hudson Valley and you direct your view to the South East section of the sky, the show should be visible from most of our area.

If you can’t make it outside to watch, or if thunderstorms happen to pop up, live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm on the project’s Ustream¬†site. A Facebook live broadcast will also take place starting just before 9pm on NASA’s Facebook Page.

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