ROCKET LAUNCH LIGHTS UP THE HEAV­ENS

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q&A -

This eye-catch­ing spec­ta­cle could be seen in the skies above Ari­zona and Cal­i­for­nia on 22 De­cem­ber 2017, fol­low­ing the launch of a SpaceX Fal­con 9 rocket from Van­den­berg Air Force Base. The phe­nom­e­non was

caused by the light of the sun­set hit­ting the rocket’s con­den­sa­tion trail and il­lu­mi­nat­ing the early-evening sky

as the Fal­con 9 car­ried com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lites into space.

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