“I saw the craziest thing in the sky” — A light show brightens the evening sky over L.A.

Photo by Michelle Alvarez

A strange display of lights and clouds that was apparently the result of a rocket launch out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County had heads turning and people across L.A. taking photos. “It was quite spectacular!” said Michelle Alvarez who took a photo from Glassell Park.

In Silver Lake, Lisa Hart was  walking down Micheltorena Street near Effie Street “when I saw the craziest thing in the sky.”  She took photos and then called the LAPD.  “A nice woman told me that what I saw was a SpaceX rocket launch!”

Silver Lake view of the clouds | Photo by Lisa Hart

Chris Morris took this photo from Elysian Park

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  1. Vandenberg AFB is in Santa Barbara county, not Ventura County.

  2. Thank you, Lisa Hart for these fabulous pictures!
    I wish the Launch teams would alert people to watch for the spectacular sights their work produces.
    Yes, science is real, and it matters! So heartening to know about the launches. People would love to watch these things.

  3. Whatever that was, it was NOT a typical rocket launch from Vandenberg. They make over 200 such rocket launches to space a year (most are secret military launches) — none like that one. (I see them go past regularly. I’ve seen them so much that I’ve come to normally be able to distinguish between the military jets and the rockets.) That was something special. Might it have been something related to the “Star Wars” missile defense system we have been developing for years and running tests from Vandenberg?

    I haven’t heard of Space X launching from Vandenberg, but they might be.

  4. Elon Musk was trying to send a message to all the people who doubt his ability to build the hyperloop. “He does what he wants!”

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