Wow! NASA's Late-Night Moon Launch Wows Stargazers (Jaw-Dropping Photos)

NASA's spectacular nighttime launch of a new moon probe late Friday (Sept. 6) promised to amaze spectators up and down the U.S. East Coast. By all accounts by photographers and SPACE.com readers, it lived up to the hype and then some.

Photos of the dazzling NASA moon probe launch poured into SPACE.com from readers and photographers in New York City, Massachusetts, New Jersey and more. The new robotic LADEE moon probe launched into space Friday atop a new Minotaur V rocket at 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 Sept. 7 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., creating a brilliant night sky spectacle visible from hundreds of miles away.

Among the most jaw-dropping photos is a stunning shot by veteran launch photographer Ben Cooper, who captured a long-exposure view of the launch from the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center in New York City, far north of the launch site on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
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