So, it’s perfectly logical that Angelenos gazing into a darkening sky around 5:30 p.m. Friday would assume their city was in the midst of an alien invasion as they saw this:
Southern Californians and other people out West, well, freaked out.
Jan Brewer, whose Twitter profile succinctly identifies her as “Arizona’s 22nd Governor” tweeted that she was wondering what the lights over Phoenix were. For some reason, she tagged President Donald Trump.
And many, many others pointed their smartphone cameras skyward, capturing what they assumed was the first sign of the alien apocalypse — or something — and musing about the vapory lights in the sky.
There was, of course, a perfectly reasonable explanation.
Musk’s SpaceX had launched an Irdium-4 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California — about 150 miles from the City of Angels.
The moment a SpaceX rocket launch produced a shining, billowing streak in the sky over California
But for most people, there was just confusion, awe and maybe a little bit of panic.
And as Musk pointed out in the wee hours of Saturday morning, people along the East Coast can freak out next month.
A test launch of that rocket, which Musk hopes will someday lead to missions to Mars, will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This post has been updated.