Watch The Shuttle Launch (Weather Permitting)

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090309-shuttle-spot-map-02.jpgTonight's launch of the space shuttle Discovery (which has been delayed numerous times) will be viewable from New York City. The launch is at 9:20pm EST and lasts about 8 minutes.

I've seen launches in the past from New York and what you'll be looking for is a dot moving across the sky, and then blinking out as the main engine cuts off.

You'll be able to recognize it as the shuttle because it will be moving across the eastern skyline very quickly, and will not be following the path that most airplanes seem to be following. You'll want to be looking south-east, the shuttle will be moving north from there. A suggestion is to get outside early so you can recognize which patterns the airplane's have, that way when the shuttle comes across the sky you'll be able to easily single it out.

Check out this Space.com article for more details about viewing the shuttle.

Enjoy. 

Update: The launch was cancelled, but there are still two more chances to see it from New York. Tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8:54pm and Friday night at 8:32pm. Any other launch attempts after that will be during the day, apparently.

Update: It's now scheduled for Sunday evening. Follow the progress here if you're interested.

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