Clear skies could afford Delawareans a look at rocket heading toward International Space Station


Brandon Holveck - Delaware News Journal

Mostly clear skies Sunday night will give Delawareans a chance to see a rocket heading toward the International Space Station.

A Northrop Grunman rocket launching a cargo ship with supplies and hardware is set to lift off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia at 5:39 p.m. To those with an unobstructed view it will look like red or orange light darting across the sky. The rocket is scheduled to launch about 10 minutes after sunset in Delaware.

According to a visibility map released by NASA, southern Delaware will have a chance to see the rocket 60 seconds after launch. Most of northern Delaware will get a chance 90 seconds after launch, according to the map.

Closer to the launch site on Delmarva, there are a few public viewing options including the facility's visitor center and Chincoteague. In Chincoteague Robert Reed Park and Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands will be open for sky gazers.

An audio feed of the launch's countdown sequence began around 1 p.m. and can be found on The feed also includes video of the launch.

This is the 13th Northrop Grunman resupply mission and its first of 2020.

Kelly Powers of The Salisbury Daily Times contributed to this report.

Contact Brandon Holveck at or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon.

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