SpaceX rocket lights up sky above California

SpaceX rocket lights up sky as it carries satellites from California

The rocket launch could be seen from far and wide.

The Twilight effect from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Vandenberg Air Force Base announced earlier this week the launch was set for 5:27 p.m. Friday from Space Launch Complex-4.

Cars stopped on freeways in Los Angeles so drivers and passengers could take pictures and video.

The Los Angeles Fire Department put out an advisory saying the "mysterious lights in the sky" were from the Vandenberg launch.

That's awesome. And so was the way it light up Southern California today. "It was very cool".

It successfully propelled 10 satellites into orbit an hour later. The reused SpaceX rocket has carried 10 satellites into space from California, leaving behind it a trail of mystery and wonder.

"Successful deployment of 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit confirmed", tweeted SpaceX, which did not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch. SpaceX has made four launches and expects to make several more to complete the job by mid-2018.

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 22.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites launched at about 5:30 p.m. from Vandenberg. The array will also include the Aireon aircraft tracking and surveillance system.

The satellites will be part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications.

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