OK, its not quiet the launch but it is not long after. A coincidence of timing today is just right for an unusual view of the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s last ever flight. About half an hour after the Sun sets in the UK, Endeavor will takes off from Florida and heads our way.
For short period after the sunset in the UK, it is still shinning on the shuttle a 130 miles up where has just arrived in obit and the Shuttle’s separated huge fuel tank is still on its way back for a splash down in the Indian ocean.
Conveniently, today the Sun sets at 20:20 in London and the night begins. The shuttle launches at 20:47 and about 20 minutes later, Endeavor and its huge fuel tank should be visible over the UK as two bright Space-Station-like objects moving across the the night sky. Should see something like this as filmed by Adrian West from Newbury AS.
All times are in BST. I have made the arrangements with NASA, there will be no delays and with the higher authorities – the sky will be clear where ever you are:)