Weird light in Arizona sky is from SpaceX launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a launch pad in Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a launch pad in Florida

Elon Musk's company on Sunday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket into the evening California sky, prompting locals to post pictures and videos of the spectacular light show on social media.

Later, SpaceX reported that the SAOCOM 1A radar satellite was placed in its proper pole-to-pole orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Earth-observation satellite into space on Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site.

Such sights and sounds are familiar to residents near the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida where SpaceX first landed a Falcon 9 booster in December 2015.

The satellite, dubbed SAOCOM 1A, was deployed to low Earth obit about 12 minutes after launch.

Jill Bergantz Carley wrote: "OK Twitter, what the heck is this #UFO #brightlight #plume-a-licious thing we just saw in the sky above #Reno - it radiated beams of light!"

Known as "twilight phenomena", it occurs when launches take place on clear days shortly after sunset and are visible brightly from Los Angeles across the trajectory of the rocket. It was SpaceX's first landing on the west coast and its 30th first stage landing overall.

The lift-off came at its scheduled time of 7:21 p.m. SpaceX then successfully handled the launching of an Argentine satellite after setting of a colorful pyrotechnic display as its rocket stages separated.

SpaceX has always been trying to achieve ground landings on its Vandenberg facilities, which is named Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4 for short).

As the biggest antenna in space for a civil mission, its main goal is to gather soil moisture information.

The satellite is the first of two for Argentina's space agency.

The satellite's twin, SAOCOM-1B, will also launch on a Falcon 9; its liftoff is targeted for next year.

Its name is short for Satelite Argentino de Observacion Con Microondas.

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