Aliens over LA? No, this incredible sight is a SpaceX Falcon 9



If you've been looking at Twitter or Facebook this evening and have friends in Southern California, you might have seen them post images of a breathtaking sight. It looks like an alien invasion -- or like someone punched a hole in the sky -- or North Korea Nukes..
Southern California is reporting that someone broke a hole in the sky. That someone is a giant rocket.

If you've been looking at Twitter or Facebook this evening and have friends in Southern California, you might have seen them post images of a breathtaking sight. It looks like an alien invasion -- or like someone punched a hole in the sky.
In reality, what you saw was a multi-stage rocket launch. At 5:28p.m. PT, at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket achieved liftoff. It was carrying Iridium-4, a package of 10 Iridum communications satellites designed to be part of a 81-satellite constellation that'll hover in low earth orbit to deliver data and voice communications, including next-gen air traffic control.

That's awesome. And so was the way it lit up Southern California today. Here are some more images and video, including a fantastic shot by Mike Paule that shows the whole progression.



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Update, 6:36p.m. PT: It's come to our attention that SpaceX founder, CEO and hat salesman Elon Musk tweeted "It was definitely aliens" shortly after the launch. He's probably joking.
Aliens over LA? No, this incredible sight is a SpaceX Falcon 9 Aliens over LA? No, this incredible sight is a SpaceX Falcon 9 Reviewed by Prameela Rani G N on December 23, 2017 Rating: 5

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