Sky-watching opportunity: Five rockets in five minutes at Wallops Island

Eastern Shore readers -- and anyone with a computer -- can watch five rockets being launched 65 miles into the atmosphere Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

NASA is planning to hold a launch between midnight and 1:30 a.m. at the Wallops Island facility in Virginia, just south of the Maryland line. The visitors center there will open at 10 p.m. Wednesday for spectators.

The rockets are being used to study the winds of the jet stream. Once the rockets reach the intended height, they will release milky white clouds that scientists will be able to see from space. The clouds may be visible in the skies up and down the East Coast for up to 20 minutes.

The launch will be webcast online here starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Follow Wallops Island on Twitter or Facebook in case weather forces the launch to be rescheduled.

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