Residents of Los Angeles, including many famous celebrities all were left asking: What on Earth was going on in the sky? Elon Musk definitely blew their minds.
Elon Musk, who is the business magnate, founder and CEO of SpaceX (alongside Tesla and spearheading Paypal) blew many people’s minds when he launched the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday.
Celebrities were quick to share the event on Twitter and Instagram with videos and pictures of the rocket’s lights and sounds. While a lot of people thought it could be something to do with aliens (we don’t want anymore UFO SPOTTED videos, thanks), Musk confirmed jokingly to a Twitter follower by writing:” It was definitely aliens.”
Zendaya, January Jones, Courtney Love and Orlando Bloom took their surprised reactions on social media.
“What in the Stranger Things…” the 21-year-old actress tweeted in a reference to the popular Netflix show.
It was definitely aliens
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017
“er…yea this just flew over my house @elonmusk is this space X or #ufo I’m so over excited,” Bloom wrote.
“Uhhhh… Santa??” Jones posted on Instagram.
“@elonmusk is taking us into the future. Watch out universe, here come the weirdest aliens you’ve ever seen, us,” Love said in her shout-out.
What in the Stranger Things…
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) December 23, 2017
Tony Hawk also took to social media demanding the answers after seeing the rocket’s trail. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department the “mysterious lights in the sky” were from the Vandenberg launch.
The For Your Consideration campaign for I, Tonya is not what I expected. pic.twitter.com/327fmORH3q
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 23, 2017
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) December 23, 2017
Well ELON MUSK JUST BLEW MY MIND! @ Los Angeles, California https://t.co/De3nytYj8p
— Troian (@SleepintheGardn) December 23, 2017
What is this in the sky? pic.twitter.com/pjcp2MlH4v
— will.i.am (@iamwill) December 23, 2017
Guys what was that in the sky?
— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) December 23, 2017
Does anyone know what we just saw in the skies above San Diego? pic.twitter.com/EFNBh87Hc8
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) December 23, 2017
Spacearchive.info editor Brian Webb stated: “The rocket’s bright flame should be visible over a wide area. However, since this launch occurs 30 minutes after Vandenberg sunset, it could be impressive at 2 minutes 12 seconds (after launch, or at 5:29 p.m.), when simulations show the exhaust plume will be illuminated at high altitude by the sun.”
According to the official press release, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will “deliver 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the fourth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch.”
Elon Musk definitely not only blew the minds of celebrity Hollywood residents, but in fact most of the world.