SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon Launch Visibility?

Date: Fri May 18 2012 - 19:30:33 UTC

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    A friend has asked some very interesting questions I've been too 
    preoccupied to have even occur to me.   Does anyone have any thoughts on how easy or 
    difficult it might be to view tomorrow morning's planned SpaceX Falcon 
    9/Dragon launch along the US East Coast?   Launch is targeted for 4:55 a.m. EDT 
    (8:55 GMT).   Will the vehicle be illuminated by sunlight at any point during 
    ascent?   Any thoughts as to how bright the second state Merlin engine might 
    appear compared to the shuttle's three main engines?   Is its flight path 
    to the ISS any higher or lower than the shuttle's during ascent?
    Here is SpaceflightNow's launch timeline:
    Jim Cook
    Germantown, MD
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