A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit the skies above Los Angeles on Friday night that sparked curiosity and raised an alarm. And as Twitter got flooded with residents wondering if it was yet another UFO spotting or aliens, the space exploration technologies corporation tweeted that it was a rocket carrying satellite which has been successfully deployed. While officials had informed that the launch could be seen across Southern California, the streaks of light in the night sky was a sight to behold. The rocket carrying 10 satellites was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:27 p.m. to low-Earth orbit.
The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications. All 10 satellites have been successfully deployed. The rocket’s first stage was previously used during a mission in June. The Los Angeles Fire Department also put out an advisory saying the “mysterious lights in the sky” was from the Vandenberg launch. Many who pulled over their cars to get a clear view of the beautiful sight has posted the videos on social media too.
Check out the video below:
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
All alien rumours put to rest
Yes, like a giant fish!
The mission has been delayed from October and by using previously-flown first stage booster becomes the first customer to launch twice upon the same rocket. With many tweeples confirming that it looked like aliens, SpaceX chief Elon Musk also joined the fun discussion tweeting, “It was definitely aliens.”