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NASA Wallops rocket launch to be visible in Maryland on Monday

BALTIMORE, MD—A rocket launch will be visible in the skies over Maryland on Monday evening, weather-permitting. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will support the launch of Rocket Lab USA‘s first Electron rocket from Virginia at 6 p.m. EST, Monday, January 23. The 59-foot-tall Electron rocket will lift off from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island. …


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Green comet to be visible in night sky for first time in 50,000 years

BALTIMORE, MD—A newly discovered comet will pass by Earth over the next few weeks for the first time in 50,000 years. The comet, C/2022 E3 (ZTF), was first sighted in March 2022, when it was already inside the orbit of Jupiter. It makes its closest approach to the Sun on January 12, and then passes its closest to Earth on …


BUCK MOON: Second supermoon of 2022 rises tonight

BALTIMORE, MD—The first full moon of astrological summer will rise on Wednesday night, and it will be the second supermoon of 2022. It will also be the largest supermoon of the year. “Supermoon” is a loose term that refers to a new or full moon that is within 90 percent of its closest point to Earth, as coined by astrologer …

NASA P-3 aircraft to conduct atmospheric studies over Baltimore, DC

BALTIMORE, MD—A NASA aircraft will fly over the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington D.C. to Baltimore and Hampton, Virginia, in support of an atmospheric campaign in the mid-Atlantic region between July 5 and 16, 2022, NASA reported this week. The four-engine turboprop P-3 aircraft, based at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, will fly five days during the 12-day period …

‘Potentially hazardous,’ massive asteroid 4660 Nereus to pass by Earth this weekend

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A massive asteroid will pass by Earth this weekend, and NASA has categorized it as “potentially hazardous.” The Eiffel Tower-sized asteroid, named 4660 Nereus, is 1,082 feet long/tall and will break into Earth’s orbit traveling at 14,700 MPH on Saturday, December 11, according to Space.com. The asteroid is expected to skim past Earth without making impact, thankfully, but categorizes …

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse 2021: Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century to occur this week

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century will occur this week, and residents of North America should be able to view it. The Blood Moon/Beaver Moon lunar eclipse will occur before dawn on Friday, November 19, 2021. On Friday, residents of North America, South America, Australia, and East Asia will see the full Moon turn red…but it won’t …

Geomagnetic storm may bring Northern Lights to Maryland this weekend

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A massive solar flare could bring the Northern Lights to Maryland this weekend. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center says a G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is in effect for October 30 – 31, 2021, following a significant solar flare and Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the sun that occurred around 11:35 a.m. EDT on Oct. 28. This means auroras …

NASA Wallops rocket launch may be visible in Baltimore area on Wednesday night

NOTTINGHAM, MD—If the predicted storms clear out in time, a NASA rocket launch may be visible in the Nottingham area on Wednesday night. A rocket mission launching on May 26 will study radio waves that escape through the Earth’s ionosphere impacting the environment surrounding GPS and geosynchronous satellites, such as those for weather monitoring and communications. Launching from NASA’s Wallops …