Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

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I am looking forward to tonight's rocket launch, I don't want to drive all the way to Lompoc since launches are not guaranteed, so wondering where the best places here in SB would be to view it?

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Update from edhat staff

Tonight [Sunday]'s 7:21 p.m. PDT launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB is still on schedule.

The rocket launch should be visible from as far away as the north San Francisco area, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, western Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; and northwest Mexico.

 

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a-1538946690 Oct 07, 2018 02:11 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Anywhere without an obstructed view of the sky towards Vandenberg. Some beaches (Goleta) and mountain spots(Lizard's Mouth)are nice. Eilings Park, off Las Positas, up top should have awesome views.

Lucky 777 Oct 07, 2018 02:12 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Sometimes you can see the trail from launches from the top of Elings Park

a-1538966349 Oct 07, 2018 07:39 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

BEAUTIFUL! We watched from our back yard, and what a show! Thank you, SpaceX. Perfect return and landing (but we couldn't see that part). I'll watch the news and hopefully see it. WOW!

JoggerJoe Oct 07, 2018 07:45 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Spectacular! Thanks Dad for making that launches like that possible tonight.
I could not have been more proud on the 25th Anniversary of your passing.
Now that's what I call "Dinner and a Show"!

TWOSCOOPS Oct 07, 2018 08:12 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Inspirational. It was seen in San Diego to the south and Redlands to the north. Lots of happy people. Me included.

a-1538970275 Oct 07, 2018 08:44 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Ethereal, extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

EastBeach Oct 07, 2018 08:53 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

That was fun! Very loud bang-bang @7:32p (@north of Refugio Beach). Interesting how the landing rockets appeared to cut out, then fire back up again before landing.

pstarSR Oct 08, 2018 07:28 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

in order to be the lowest weight possible to break gravity, they run the minimal fuel in boosters. they freefall till the engine HAS to fire to slow it. its an amazing sight.

PurpleBee Oct 08, 2018 02:01 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Along with many others (most of who were surprised to see the rocket launch), our family went up on 154 to watch this unfold. We were all surprised when we realized we hadn't heard a sonic boom. We were parked in the perfect place for viewing, and it was something to see when the cars on 154 started pulling off the busy highway in places that were not safe. A few stopped in the lanes themselves. It was something to see, and to come home and find out the landing was successful was great for the kids who had been following the launch in school.

a-1538999500 Oct 08, 2018 04:51 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Thank you, Elon Musk. What a beautiful night of entertainment. It's nice to share an exciting, and inspirational, event with all Californians! Rising above it all...

a-1539002443 Oct 08, 2018 05:40 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Raise your hand if you, at least for a moment, were afraid the thing would smash down toward you...or someone in Lompoc. Kowabunga!

a-1539005960 Oct 08, 2018 06:39 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

One more time, looking up? Tonight the International Space Station will be in sight, "Monday, it will appear at 7:48 PM in the NNW, and pass low across our mountain horizon, where it will disappear at 7:50 PM."

a-1539024356 Oct 08, 2018 11:45 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. I enjoyed hearing about your experiences with last night's launch, and return. Joyous!

a-1539024627 Oct 08, 2018 11:50 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Elon Musk did this launch for Argentina. It (radar) will measure moisture/water content of agricultural regions of Argentina, including flood plains.

a-1539037454 Oct 08, 2018 03:24 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

A satellite measuring the environment. Now, that's something. Congrats, Argentina.

a-1539099046 Oct 09, 2018 08:30 AM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Thank you for letting us know about this Argentina rocket launch, by Elon Musk. When is he doing another one?

a-1539113161 Oct 09, 2018 12:26 PM
Sunday Rocket Launch Viewing

Glad the launch was Sunday. Last night, Monday, was cloudy and the ISS couldn't be seen. We were all lucky to share Sunday night's beautiful launch!

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