Watching the Minotaur V rocket launch? Bring a sweater along

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NASA/The Minotaur V rocket should be visible from southern New Jersey about 40 to 60 seconds after its 11:27 p.m. launch on Friday, Sept. 6. NASA/The Minotaur V rocket should be visible from southern New Jersey about 40 to 60 seconds after its 11:27 p.m. launch on Friday, Sept. 6. Bring a sweater along if you plan to watch tonight’s NASA rocket launch of a Minotaur V streaking through the sky to the south of New Jersey.

Despite this afternoon’s brilliant sunshine, a lack of cloud cover will allow temperatures to fall far from their low-70s by launch time.

Launch time

The five-stage Minotaur V is scheduled to launch at 11:27 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 from the Wallops Island. About 40 seconds later, New Jersey residents should be able to see the Minotaur V at about 5 degrees above the horizon. The Minotaur will travel eastbound and continue climbing until it reaches about 20-25 degrees above the horizon, according to NASA estimates.

Minotaur V payload

The Minotaur V will carry a payload containing NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft cargo ship that will travel to the moon to test the lunar atmosphere. The experiment will attempt to find a reason why lunar astronauts reported a glow on the horizon 40 years ago.

National Weather Service/Temperaures in the 50s will cover a large area of southern New Jersey when the Minotaur V lifts off at 11:27 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. National Weather Service/Temperaures in the 50s will cover a large area of southern New Jersey when the Minotaur V lifts off at 11:27 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Launch temperature

Launch time temperature will be in the middle-50s along interior portions of southern New Jersey and in the low- to mid-60s in the Jersey Shore communities. Skies should be clear, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight’s low temperatures

The overnight low on the southern New Jersey mainland is expected to reach the upper-40s for the second straight day, according to the National Weather Service. Bright sunny skies will allow the mercury reading to rebound during the day, however, reaching the mid- to upper-70s on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday outlook

Sunday will be even warmer, according to the southern New Jersey National Weather Service forecast, reaching the mid- to upper-80s under bright sunshine.


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