Elon Musk’s final SpaceX launch of 2017 put on an amazing holiday light show

Southern California’s close encounter.

People used to pay attention when Elon Musk sent one of his rockets into space. Now it’s totally routine — up until Friday night, his SpaceX had flown 17 missions in 2017, and chances are you weren’t aware of any of them.

SpaceX’s 18th launch of the year was different.

Last night, some combination of the Falcon 9 rocket’s flight path and the Southern California sky created a fantastic light show that people captured on their phones and cameras.

And then they shared them on social.

 

Here’s Musk’s contribution. Two demerits for the monochromatic video; three bonus points for a caption that references multiple anxiety-producing news memes.

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