Updated: The solar ‘vortex’



Updated: A privately-built rocket whose launch was delayed because of the massive solar flare will take off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 1:07 p.m. EST today. With clear skies over Pittsburgh today, you might be able to catch the Antares rocket streaking across the sky. Or you can watch a webcast of the launch live on SPACE.com, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 12:45 p.m. EST.

Update 2: The launch was successful.

Original post: NASA on Wednesday released a photo of solar flare that was seven times bigger than the Earth and delayed a private rocket launch to the Space Station.  Continue reading