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NASA will try to create glowing rainbow clouds, and you can watch

The colorful clouds should be visible from New York to North Carolina.
artificial cloud made from barium

Barium clouds like this help scientists track the motion of Earth's upper atmosphere. These same chemicals are often used to give fireworks their bright colors.

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Edit—6/30/17: After no less than 11 scrubbed launch attempts, NASA finally filled the sky with glowing blue and green clouds. Read more about it here.

It’s a little early for July 4th fireworks, but if all goes well this weekend, NASA will create some bursts of color in

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