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Early risers on the East Coast, be sure to look up Sunday morning for a light show


Those along the Eastern Seaboard are in for a real treat early Sunday morning thanks to the launching of a NASA  rocket from Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia, according to CNN. The rocket is expected to disperse colors throughout the sky, including blue-green and red clouds.

The rocket was initially scheduled for Saturday, but cloudy conditions forced the facility to make adjustments.

Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is expected to launch between 4:26 a.m. and 4:41 a.m. EST.

You may want to keep tabs on the sky after the rocket launches. Four to five minutes after liftoff, the rocket will dispense 10 canisters filled with colored vapor, which will  form artificial, luminescent clouds.

Because the vapor will be released 100 miles above ground, NASA said they "pose absolutely no hazard to residents along the mid-Atlantic coast."

The colored-vapor does serve a purpose besides providing spectators with a spectacular light show. It helps scientists to view how particles move in the ionosphere, thereby increasing their understanding of particle movement at that altitude. 

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