SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Launch Just Created an Eerie Light Show Over Southern California

“What did I just witness?”

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday night, creating a dazzling display in the sky above Southern California, and baffling some people who had no idea what was happening.

Watch some of the reactions from the ground:

Some people were unsure what was happening. “What did I just witness,” one man asked:

“It must be a comet.”

“Are we about to die?”

SpaceX launched this Falcon 9 mission from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying a collection of 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit. The payload is destined for a constellation of communications satellites owned by Iridium Communications. SpaceX conducted a similar launch for the same company in June.

Earlier on Friday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered photographic proof of a claim he made earlier this month – that he would launch his 2008 Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit in 2018. Musk, who also owns Tesla, shared a striking photo of the Roadster perched inside the carbon fibre fairing of a Falcon Heavy rocket.

“Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring,” Musk wrote in his Instagram post.

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