Rocket passed over Rhode Island sky Monday evening, headed to ISS

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is raised into the vertical position on launch Pad-0A, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver over 5,100 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A rocket headed to the international space station passed across the southern New England sky.

The rocket launch took off from Virginia at 7:40 p.m. and was over RI a few minutes later.

Chief Meteorologist T.J Del Santo said that the rocket would have appeared as a bright light just a few degrees of the horizon, moving from the west to the east. Clouds may have blocked the view, though.

At the tip of the rocket is the Cygnus spacecraft. This is the piece that will be sent into orbit and head toward the international space station.

Since Cygnus is headed toward a moving target, there is only a small launch window and if it isn’t met then the project is postponed. The launch has already been delayed a few times.

Read Chief Meteorologist T.J Del Santo’s full report here