People used to pay attention when Elon Musk sent one of his rockets into space. Now it’s totally routine — up until Friday night, his SpaceX had flown 17 missions in 2017, and chances are you weren’t aware of any of them.
SpaceX’s 18th launch of the year was different.
Last night, some combination of the Falcon 9 rocket’s flight path and the Southern California sky created a fantastic light show that people captured on their phones and cameras.
And then they shared them on social.
Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea pic.twitter.com/GUIHpKkkp5— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017
And here’s one from Liz Phair, because I wanted a 100 percent legit reason to reference Liz Phair in a Recode story this year. Just made it in at the buzzer:
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.