Look to the skies Friday for another SpaceX rocket launch

Ten days ago, Southern Californians stared bemused at the streak of light above Los Angeles at sunset. Was it a UFO? A missile? A space laser?

Now you can be the know-it-all who tells them what’s happening: Another SpaceX rocket launch is scheduled to light up the night sky on Friday.

In a statement, SpaceX announced that the private spacecraft manufacturer headquartered in Hawthorne would attempt a “Falcon 9 launch of 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit” at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The launch originally was set for Thursday night, but the company announced at 8 p.m. via X that it had been delayed.

The launch would be SpaceX’s 11th from Vandenberg Space Force Base this year, according to a tweet from the company.

Those interested can watch a livestream of the launch on X, formerly Twitter, or simply look to the sky.

The sun will set at 7:12 p.m. Friday, offering a chance at a bright contrail illuminated against a dark sky, much like the one that surprised viewers across the Southwest last week.

During last week’s launch, viewers on social media posted videos of the phenomenon and offered guesses of what the light might be, or simply asked: “What is this!”

The National Weather Service is forecasting a partly cloudy Friday with the chance of rain increasing into the night. Cloudy conditions could interfere with the celestial show — or postpone the launch again. So sky watchers might want to keep an eye on the company’s social media for updates.

Original News Source Link – LA Times

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