Early Friday morning in South Florida, an ethereal white bloom has painted a cobalt blue sky, making some early risers curious about the origin of the unusual sight before dawn
The wispy tendrils shaped like a jellyfish or a heart, as the case may be where it was seen was the result of a SpaceX missile launch at 5:42 am from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
48 minutes before sunrise, the surface of the earth was still dark, but the rocket and its plume was lit up as the day's first rays of sunshine appeared on their journey into space.
"I thought it might be a cloud, but there were no other clouds and it was constantly changing," said Arthur Small of Boynton Beach. He sent a photo to the Palm Beach Post asking for the unusual object. "The Northern Lights came to my mind, but I know they are not seen so far to the south."
At least one person sent a photo of the pen to the National Weather Service in Miami asking what it was. Others post images on social media, either to glorify the beauty of the early morning or to question their appearance.
"It's very similar to placing a cold cup of water in a damp room and getting water outside, except up there" Ice crystals, "said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist at the NWS in Miami." Since it's dark and then suddenly something with light on it, it really stands out. "
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket transports more than 5,900 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station, including material for about 250 science and research examinations that took place at the
The rocket is expected to arrive on Monday.
A missile launched by United Launch Alliance 201
"Always a cool thing, if you can combine weather, science and rockets, "Florida climatologist David Zierden said in 2015.
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