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Look for the space shuttle Discovery at sunset on Sunday

People in the Tampa Bay area will have a good chance of seeing the space shuttle Discovery launch at 7:43 p.m. Sunday, just a few minutes after sunset. The darkened skies should make it easier to view Discovery's fiery glow as it blasts off toward the international space station.

Of course, all this assumes that Discovery launches as planned. One planned launch already was scrubbed earlier this week because of a hydrogen leak. NASA will need to make sure the leak does not recur before launching. And many other factors including weather could cause further delays.

To view the launch, look to the eastern skies, not far above the horizon. It's best to pick a place with nothing obstructing your views to the east — for example, standing along Tampa Bay in Pinellas County.

From St. Petersburg or Tampa, look to the east or northeast for the shuttle, because that's the direction of Cape Canaveral. If you're farther north in Hernando County, look due east.

Look for the space shuttle Discovery at sunset on Sunday 03/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 13, 2009 1:52pm]
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