A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up the evening sky over Southern California last night (December 22) and the light display was mistaken for a UFO by thousands. It launched into space from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles at 5:27 p.m. PST, approximately 30 minutes after sunset, carrying 10 Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit. The mission was a complete success, with all 10 satellites reaching orbit. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“The setting sun illuminated the rocket’s expelled gas just right, creating a beautiful white plume above the Earth. But as pretty as the show was, it also led to quite a bit of concern in nearby Los Angeles. Vandenberg is around 150 miles away from LA, giving the city a front row view of the illuminated rocket,” reports The Verge.