What Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Looked Like From SoCal (and Beyond)

SpaceX treated us to a light show last night
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A little after 7:20 on Sunday evening, I was part of a small crowd that gathered outside Union Station to gaze at bizarre, billowing light show in the sky. For a couple of seconds did I wonder whether Don Trump had pissed off the wrong foreign dictator who’d sent a missile hurtling (conveniently) toward California. Yes. But a dude who works in the kitchen at the station’s new Imperial Western Beer Co. put everyone’s minds at ease when he offered, “Elon’s up to something.”

Indeed he was. At 7:21 p.m., Elon Musk’s Space X launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base between Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara. The first stage of the rocket subsequently landed back at the base, a first on West Coast soil. In the cloudless sky, the launch produced an incredibly beautiful (if momentarily troubling) effect in the sky that was seen from Northern California to San Diego, and even all the way east to Arizona.

Beginning with my shot from DTLA, here are some views from all over the region.


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