This map shows the viewing areas of the NASA rocket that is scheduled to be launched Friday night, Oct. 2. The numbers in each colored circle represent the number of seconds after liftoff that the launch might become visible in the associated region. Viewing is dependent upon weather conditions and other factors, such as elevation and how much your view of the horizon is obstructed.NASA

Keep your eye on the sky. A rocket being launched by NASA as part of a mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off Friday night, and people in New Jersey and other parts of the eastern United States should be able to see the rocket as long as the sky is clear.

The launch of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket was originally planned for earlier this week, then pushed back to Thursday night, but both times it ended up getting postponed — first because of bad weather, then because of what NASA described as “a ground software issue.”

The rocket is now set to take off from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia at 9:16 p.m. Friday, with the mission slated to deliver 8,000 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and research materials to the International Space Station.

According to a map provided by NASA, the rocket should be visible from Cape May in far southern New Jersey within 60 seconds after the launch time, from other parts of South Jersey from 60 seconds to 90 seconds after launch, and from central and northern New Jersey from 90 to 120 seconds after launch.

“Weather is 90% favorable for an attempt this evening,” NASA says on its official website. “The launch may be visible, weather permitting and depending on other local conditions (such as elevation), to residents up and down the East Coast of the United States.”

In case you don’t have a good viewing spot in your town, NASA TV will live-stream the launch starting at 8:45 p.m. Friday. Updates will also be posted on the Wallops Island Facebook and Twitter pages.

LAUNCH UPDATEWe are GO to launch the #Antares vehicle tonight, Oct. 2, at 9:16 p.m. EDT after a ground software issue scrubbed the launch last night. The issue has since been resolved. The live stream will begin at 8:45 p.m. EDT on NASA TV. https://t.co/LfnHMUlFg5

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