SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Puts on Light Show in Sunday’s Sky

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as seen from the North Coast.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as seen from the North Coast. [Photo provided by a reader]

Three readers reported seeing an unusual light in the southern skies. Most likely this is related to the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket which launched around 7:30 p.m. Pacific time.

According to Ars Technica,

After it separated from the second stage, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket arrested its forward movement, and began falling back toward Earth. It, too, found success in landing at a new site north of Los Angeles. This marked the first time a Falcon 9 rocket had landed on the West Coast, and was SpaceX’s 30th landing of a first stage overall.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as seen from the North Coast.

The light as viewed from Four Corners in the Briceland area. [Photo provided by Jason Saloman]

We’d love to see any photos that you managed to get. Please upload them in the comment section.

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48 comments

  • This was taken on E St. in Eureka, just north of 14 St.

  • Looking south out over the Wildcat.

  • saw it in arcata , looked like a jet was flying that way too, for a second i thought it was an icbm

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  • Saw it in Mckinleyville up by Dows Prairie area. I thought it was a helicopter at first.

  • I have a few more if you want them

  • Saw it in Bayside, so thankful that you published this story as I was wondering what the heck it was…watched it for awhile through binoculars and then went inside to get my camera and by the time I got back out, it was gone.

  • I have more if you want them

  • I thought I was trippin’ when I saw this earlier. Thanks rhbb for keeping me sane.

  • Thanks RHBB! I wouldn’t have known what this was without you. Saw it as I was leaving Gville on AP Rd. It was just getting dark.

  • This weapon is going to surpass the beauty of the neutron bomb.

    It’s the most beautiful weapon ever dreamed of, hitting it’s target and the trails following it up weeks after.

    The neutron bomb was the pinnacle, leaving the buildings, but this is so much more.

    Warfare and population control didn’t really become an art until the late 70’s, now with this marvel a bold, brave future begins to emerge.

    Wonderful launch…..

  • Or the rapture...

    Salm Creek

  • From so cal last year same thing..

  • Saw it from the Arcata Bottom. At first assumed it was a plane on approach to the airport. But it just got brighter and got no closer. Next time I see something like this I will know what it is.

  • I guess I’m out of the loop. So this thing- it’s a very expensive way to use up vast resources for rich people, right? And you are all here in awe and in wonder of the beauty of the glory of rich people using up vast resources for their unending ego gratification?! Because you get to see an extra light in the sky?!!.Or maybe I’m totally wrong….please tell me it’s some humanitarian advance.

    • It uses way less resources than NASA built rockets, and if you’re using the internet, you’re making use of communications satilites.

    • I like the way you think on this one, Farce! I am not impressed. Humbug. I do not want lights in the sky that are not natural celestial bodies. Not one bit. I didn’t vote for this thing, why is it happening?

    • Do you know how much tech is in everyday use because of the space industry? I think you have no idea.

    • This is actually a weapon system with the race to complete it very out in the open. The major powers are trying to complete the program of anti matter weaponry.
      Once completed it will be used to reduce the population of mankind over the planet to a sustainable level.
      Who finishes first gets to create the new world.

  • Dude, Elon Musk is not “rich people” … he is an alien in disguise.

  • I’ve got some very short video of this, taken in willits. It was amazing. We had no idea what this was but we knew it was not the usual aircraft that we see day to day.

  • More lies, don’t you know the world is flat! Jeez!

  • This photo taken from Marina in Ensenada Mexico at 7:27

  • Burning down the house

    Huge Hole Burned in the Ozone Layer That’s the facts

  • Did Estelle and bone and sunberg max out our general fund to put up another spy sattilite to destroy the lives of there constitutes??????????????

  • Taken just east of alderpoint.

  • A rat done bit my sister Nell.
    (with Whitey on the moon)
    Her face and arms began to swell.
    (and Whitey’s on the moon)
    I can’t pay no doctor bill.
    (but Whitey’s on the moon)
    Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
    (while Whitey’s on the moon)
    The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
    (’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
    No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
    (but Whitey’s on the moon)
    I wonder why he’s uppi’ me?
    (’cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
    I was already payin’ ‘im fifty a week.
    (with Whitey on the moon)
    Taxes takin’ my whole damn check,
    Junkies makin’ me a nervous wreck,
    The price of food is goin’ up,
    An’ as if all that shit wasn’t enough
    A rat done bit my sister Nell.
    (with Whitey on the moon)
    Her face an’ arm began to swell.
    (but Whitey’s on the moon)
    Was all that money I made las’ year
    (for Whitey on the moon?)
    How come there ain’t no money here?
    (Hm! Whitey’s on the moon)
    Y’know I jus’ ’bout had my fill
    (of Whitey on the moon)
    I think I’ll sen’ these doctor bills,
    Airmail special
    (to Whitey on the moon)

  • There is a great video of this launch and return taken from the rocket itself. Shows all phases of the mission including the separation of the Argentine satellite it put in orbit and its successful return to earth. Very impressive.

  • Probably a satellite to track us all via smartphone,and using the new chips in all our credit cards. Next California and the board of supervisors is gonna wanna put that chip in our heads and charge us an annual fee for rent,or a permit fee.that way they can just shut us off if we can’t come up with the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$#$$$$

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