PICTURES: See the SpaceX Dragon cross the Irish sky

After a day of delays due to stormy weather, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule

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finally blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Among the supplies being ferried to the International Space Station (ISS) was the first espresso maker ever put into Earth’s orbit.

PICTURES: See the SpaceX Dragon cross the Irish sky

Here’s the moment the rocket blasted off. Nothing out of the ordinary, but let’s face it – no matter how many times you watch a launch it’s always a bit incredible.

Florida is a long way away though, and space fans here used to have little chance of seeing a space rocket leaving the planet. But social media is changing all that.

Dedicated space-watching accounts such as Virtual Astronomerhave made it much easier to track a spacecraft’s path across the sky, work out whether you can see it from your house, and conveniently nip out for a quick bit of rocket-gazing.

Here are some of the amazing pics taken as skywatchers across Ireland and Britain tracked the Dragon’s passage through our night sky.

Even more amazing was being able to spot the Dragon’s destination, the ISS, as it appeared particularly clearly throughout the night.

At times we could even see the Dragon apparently “chasing” the ISS across the heavens.

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