SpaceX launch sends peculiar glowing orb through Southern California sky

SpaceX's successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base lit up the Southern California sky on Sunday, October 7.

The rocket launched at 7:21 pm and was returned to its Santa Barbara County base within the span of 15 minutes. During it, residents reported a bright, slow-moving orb in the sky, taking to social media to post pictures and videos of their sightings.

According to local media, the Air Force last week advised residents on the central California coast they might see multiple engine burns by the first stage and hear one or more sonic booms as it returned.

This video, filmed by Rubi Moreno in Mojave, shows a glowing patch of light in the sky.