Brilliant Light Over SoCal Skies After SpaceX Launches Rocket

Nettie James
December 26, 2017

The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday immediately drew speculation on social media, with some users suggesting that it was an alien spacecraft.

A reused SpaceX rocket has carried 10 satellites into space from California, leaving behind it a trail of mystery and wonder.

Those aware of SpaceX's last launch of 2017 knew the unusual light was actually a Falcon 9 rocket delivering satellites into low orbit. The satellites were deployed by 6:49 p.m.

The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications.

In a statement, SpaceX explained in detail what the rocket launch was all about. This is the fourth such mission that SpaceX has flown for the company, and the rocket used for this mission was a flight proven Falcon 9 that previously flew in June for the second Iridium mission.

Iridium has acquired healthy signals from all 10 satellites, SpaceX reported via Twitter.

The lights from the rocket launch were visible at least as far as Arizona, and people there thought aliens were invading, as well.

Musk tweeted that it was "definitely aliens" sharing a video of the launch with the caption "nuclear alien UFO from North Korea".

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