People in California thought the end was finally here when they looked up Friday evening to see something that appeared to be an iridescent alien ship exploding across the sky.
— Hunter Hill (@h2balla) December 23, 2017
“What the hell was that?” one observer panicked tweeted. “Wth is flying through the sky? #aliens.” “What is happening over Hollywood right now?” Mesmerized drivers pulled over to the sides of roads to film the mesmerizing phenomenon.
— Keltie Knight (@KeltieKnight) December 23, 2017
Relax, Earthlings. It was a domestic “Ship”.
Let me tell you the whole story behind the alien in the sky!
The SpaceX launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Santa Barbara County. It is carrying the Iridium Next communications satellites.
As you can see the Falcon 9 launch originally captured by RT(Russia TV)
The rocket successfully delivered ten replacement satellites into orbit for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet.
As it made its way across the sky the rocket left a long luminous tail that had Californians wondering what was causing the dazzling spectacle.
People in California were so freaked that the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department had to send out a calming tweet.
SpaceX rocket launch from Vandenberg was the flash you saw in the sky! No cause for concern.
— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) December 23, 2017
The spectacular light show occurred because the rocket was launched 30 minutes after sunset, still time to capture the light of the sun. Both the rocket’s searing flame and the exhaust plume — illuminated at high altitude by the sun — lit up the sky. The launch “could be impressive,” noted an understated comment on the Vandenberg website.
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The Falcon 9 first stage booster being used for the mission has been used before, however – it was flown during Iridium-2, the second mission that SpaceX flew for this client, which took place in June. That means this rocket was turned around and ready for re-use in just six months.
SpaceX launched an International Space Station resupply mission just last week, using both a reflown Dragon capsule and a reflown Falcon 9 first stage. It’s also preparing for its first ever Falcon Heavy launch, which should take place early in 2018.
The launch was part of SpaceX’s ongoing contract with Iridium Communications Inc to replace 75 of its 81-satellite constellation.
The satellites hover in low earth orbit and deliver data for services such as mobile phone networks and air traffic control systems.
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The Falcon 9 rocket has already been used to carried Iridium satellites into orbit in June, before landing on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean. This time around the rocket was allowed to plunge into the ocean’s waters.
So, this was the whole story. And at the end, Elon Musk tweeted to everyone!
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, though, set everyone straight.
It was definitely aliens
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017