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UFO? No, It’s a SpaceX Rocket! These Falcon 9 Launch Photos Are Just Amazing

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. — SpaceX’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket Friday night (Dec. 22) was by all accounts a gorgeous steer (and for some, an unsettling one) in a night sky and the photos are simply spectacular.

The launch, that carried off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, north of Los Angeles, carried 10 Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit usually after sunset, withdrawal a immeasurable intense plume in a arise as it soared into space on a southward trajectory. [See some-more of a SpaceX launch photos here]

That intense cloud sparked thoughts of UFOs for some observers, that they common on Twitter (SpaceX CEO Elon Musk done a UFO joke, too), and a Los Angeles Fire Department even released a statement alerting a open that a “mysterious light in a sky”‘ was usually a SpaceX rocket launch.

Photographer Erica Kelly Martin prisoner this extraordinary perspective of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket mountainous over a palm trees of Hollywood, California after a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 22, 2017.
Credit: Erica Kelly Martin

Photographer Erica Kelly Martin captured a overwhelming perspective of a launch from Hollywood, California, with a Falcon 9’s second theatre tarnishing spaceward.

In La Jolla, a launch astounded Hany Girgis during a cooking out with friends.

“We had someone in a organisation that knew it was a SpaceX launch. Otherwise, everybody during a list had no thought what it was,” Girgis, who posted a print on his Instagram never_unpacking, pronounced in an email. “Everyone there started pulling out their phones and holding video and photos. It was an implausible steer with a object environment and a palm trees in a background.”

Hany Girgis (a href=https://www.instagram.com/never_unpacking/never_unpacking/a on Instagram) prisoner this overwhelming perspective of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch on Dec. 22, 2017 from La Jolla, California while dining with friends.
Credit: Hany Girgis, Instagram: never_unpacking

For Michelle Snyder in Coronado, California, a launch was a surprise, though one she’ll never forget.

“Caught off ensure and had no thought what was function during initial … contingency contend it was one of my life’s coolest moments!!!,” Snyder told Space.com in an email. She prisoner a overwhelming video of a launch a Hotel del Coronado featured above. “A perpetually memory with my daughters and relatives who were in city visiting for a holidays. FOREVER MEMORY!!!

In Big Bear, California, where Jennifer Garrison of Apple Valley was spending a holidays with family, a launch was a acquire further a gratifying Christmas lights around a neighborhood. And, of course, it was a family event.

“My 8-year-old, Nicholas, and 5-year-old, Ethan, are in a few of a photos, enjoying a view!” Garrison told Space.com.

Skywatcher Jennifer Garrison and her dual sons Nicholas, 8, and Ethan, 5, observe SpaceX's gorgeous rocket launch from their plcae in Big Bear, California on Dec. 22, 2017.
Credit: Jennifer Garrison

Reports of launch sightings came from distant and wide, including some on Twitter from Tijuana in Mexico and others from Tucson, Arizona.

It was in Tucson where spectator Jeff Ladderud speckled a Falcon 9 lighting adult a sky. He grabbed his iPhone, snapped a print and sent it in to Space.com in an email.

Skywatcher Jeff Ladderud prisoner this perspective of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch of Dec. 22, 2017 from Tucson, Arizona. The launch originated from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Credit: Jeff Ladderud

“It was usually taken with an iPhone camera, so peculiarity isn’t stellar; though we was tender that we could see a launch all a approach from Tucson, AZ — some 575 miles away!” Ladderud told Space.com around email.

The launch was also clearly manifest from a air. Rafael Vecchi was on a blurb moody from Phoenix, Arizona to Salt Lake City, Utah, when a flight’s commander done a warn announcement.

“The commander came on a intercom to contend that there was something he had never seen out a left window. He substantially didn’t meant to contend it like that, though it was unsettling to hear your commander contend that,” Vecchi told Space.com. ” So we all swarming to a windows. A few mins he came on to contend it was a rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. I’ve review Elon Musk’s biography and have watched some YouTube live launches, and it was extraordinary to see it in person.”

Skywatcher Rafael Vecchi held this perspective of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch on Dec. 22 from his chair on an aeroplane drifting from Phoenix to Salt Lake City.
Credit: Rafael Vecchi

Amazing, indeed! The launch was so well-observed that a stories here are usually a few of a hundreds of photos and sightings we’ve perceived during Space.com. We’ll keep adding images to a gallery here over time.

And for a record,here’s my perspective of a launch from a I-5 freeway in Irvine, California.

Not adequate photos? Here are some extraordinary launch photos by SpaceX:

Editor’s note: If we prisoner an extraordinary print of video of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch and would like to share it with Space.com for a story or gallery, send images and comments to: spacephotos@space.com. 

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