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NASA launched five rockets that released a chemical tracer into the sky, which created these milky, white clouds which could be seen throughout locations in the east coast. Photo courtesy of NASA

I usually warn people about seeing auroras in New Jersey. If you see something around here, I say, run to the supermarket and stock up on food and supplies, then head to the gas station and fill up your tank because some serious crap is about to go down.

But this week was different. I looked forward to seeing some interesting lights in the night sky. That’s because for several weeks now, NASA had planned to launch five rockets within five minutes. The mission – dubbed ATREX (Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment) – would help scientists study the Earth’s upper level jet stream.

Finally, after several weather-related delays, the rockets launched on March 27 from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rockets released a chemical tracer into the sky, which created milky, white clouds which could be seen throughout locations in the east coast.

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