A rocket launch in California left a mesmerizing streak of sunshine throughout the sky on Friday night time, prompting shock, awe and mass confusion.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites on the Vandenberg Air Pressure Base in Santa Barbara County at 5:27 p.m. native time.
The satellites, operated by Iridium Communications, would create a worldwide broadband system on land, at sea and within the skies, with the goal of maintaining higher monitor of planes and ships throughout the planet.
Friday’s mission, which efficiently deployed all 10 satellites, additionally marks the primary time a rocket has ever been reused.
The launch, which left a protracted streak and a hazy, rectangular ring throughout the sky, was seen so far as Arizona.
Drivers pulled over on the streets to gaze on the scene, whereas others took to social media with discuss of an alien takeover.
Comic and TV present host John Henson tweeted, “Can somebody please clarify what’s occurring within the sky in Los Angeles? There’s one thing about glowing and releasing some type of glowing gasoline…”
Author Sarah Jeanne tweeted, “The Los Angeles sky has one thing bizarre taking place… Aliens, in the event you’re right here, consider me, 2017 is just not the yr you wish to land…”
The spectacle additionally caught the eye of celebrities starting from Orlando Bloom to January Jones, who joked, “Uhhhh… Santa?”
SpaceX founder Elon Musk himself referred to as it a “nuclear alien UFO from North Korea,” whereas Courtney Love wrote, “Be careful universe, right here come the weirdest aliens you’ve ever seen, us!”