The first night launch of a shuttle in a couple of years is scheduled for this evening. The only "cloudy with rain" forecast for this whole week is also tonight. Arrrrghhh. Maybe they will wait and go tomorrow night.
On a clear night, I can watch a shuttle launch from the open area down by my "pond". The Cape is over a hundred miles away, but the night launches are so brilliant that it's still amazing here on the other side of the state. You can see it climb up and then arc across the Atlantic.
My Dad used to take us down, from St. Augustine, for Apollo launches. Watching a Saturn V take off a few miles away across Mosquito Lagoon is a memory that sticks with you. From that distance, it's a silent launch for a few moments as the rocket lifts into the air and then suddenly the thunderous sound wave washes over you ... wowsers! I was about 10, but it's all seared into my brain.
I know where my Dad will be if it goes off at night. He and Mom will park over at the beach or maybe the bridge over the San Sebastion River where the view is wide open.
Of course, if it does go off at night, and if it's clear, and if I'm out there and not tied up somewhere ... I'll try for a photo.