Space Double-Feature Weekend: SpaceX Launch and Solar Eclipse
If you’re a space enthusiast, this weekend is going to be a doozy.
In the wee hours of Saturday, May 19, the private spaceflight company SpaceX is planning to launch their Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch window is for 1:55 a.m. PDT, so West Coast night owls might just want to stay up to catch the action.
Join us here on Wired’s Open Space site for live coverage starting an hour before the launch. If you sleep through the event, don’t worry; we’ll have a recap video up shortly after.
The historic flight will see SpaceX’s craft go through some orbital ballet maneuvers over the following days, eventually lining up in an attempt to dock with the International Space Station four days after launch.
If that isn’t enough, Sunday, May 20 will see an annular solar eclipse visible from eastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean and much of the North American West Coast.
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