'What was that?': Mysterious lights over California explained

The mysterious sight was found to be part of Elon Musk's mystery launch

A mysterious flash of light appeared in the skies of Yuma County and Imperial County following the launching of a Falcon 9 rocket around 6:30 p.m.by SpaceX at the Vanderberg Air Force Base Friday night. There is demonstrable proof that this was a terrestrial launch, and not an alien craft or even a UFO.

The launch, which saw the Falcon 9 sent into Earth's low-orbit with ten Iridium NEXT satellites, marked SpaceX's 18th launch of the year, setting a modern record.

A unusual light that left people scratching their heads as it passed over Southern California skies last night was actually a rocket being launched.

Calls came into TV stations as far afield as San Diego, more than 200 miles south of the launch site. But not everyone in L.A. got the memo about the rocket launch.

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

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South Korea's military said the missile reached an altitude of 2,800 miles and flew 596 miles. Signs of increased unrest in North Korea have been noted in recent months.

Musk tweeted that it was "definitely aliens" sharing a video of the launch with the caption "nuclear alien UFO from North Korea". SpaceX has made four launches and expects to make several more to complete the job by mid-2018.

SpaceX later confirmed a successful launch and deployment of the satellites.

This is the fourth Iridium mission consisting of 10 satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The satellites also carry payloads for global aircraft tracking and a ship-tracking service.

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