Tonight marks what could be a fortunate missile launch. Vandenberg is testing a new sea-based X-band radar for the Missile Defense Agency. The fortunate part is that we might actually be able to see the plume of the third stage exhaust because of the early DST shift.
The launch window begins at 8:30 PM.
The unfortunate part is that the weatherfolk are calling for thick cloud cover and rain through tomorrow.
(For the record there are other unfortunate parts about missiles and test and whatnot, but I’m not going to get into that here.)
UPDATE: The missile launched about an hour late at 9:27 PM. The sky was relatively clear down in San Pedro at 9PM when I was looking for it, but by the time I got back to Silverlake, eveything was cloaked in clouds again (and even a little drizzle). Did anyone else catch a glimpse of it?