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The ‘fireball’ seen in the NC sky was likely a Virginia rocket launch

The ‘fireball’ seen in the NC sky was likely a Virginia rocket launch

WRAL viewers in Wilmington and Greenville reported seeing a “fireball” in the sky early Monday morning. It was probably not a meteor they saw, but a rocket launch.

The SS Sally Ride spacecraft launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 5:32 a.m., the same time that multiple people in North Carolina reported seeing something unusual in the sky.

“This was over my neighborhood,” said the viewer from Wilmington who submitted the photo. “He appeared to be moving quickly with a burning ball in front of him.”

Another viewer in Greenville said a fireball was seen moving east at 5:30 a.m.

WCNC reported that the rocket launch was indeed spotted over the Carolinas, sharing photos from La Grange, NC, and Wilmington.

According to NASA, the SS Sally Ride is named after the first American woman in space. The Cygnus spacecraft, on a resupply mission, is carrying “everything from science to snacks” to the International Space Station, NASA said.

The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was postponed due to a fire alarm in the mission control center.

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