This past Saturday (June 13) SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon-9 rocket into space, where it delivered 58 Starlink satellites and three Planet SkySats into orbit.
The predawn launch began at 5:21 a.m. EDT, roughly an hour before sunrise, from Space Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
As the Falcon-9 soared into the early morning sky, its exhaust plume was illuminated by sunlight, which in turn created a gorgeous view. Space.com contributor Amy Thompson was able to capture a dazzling view of the launch from a viewing site near the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just after liftoff. She described the view as a “nebula hanging in the sky” after the rocket ascended into orbit.
Other photographers and spectators were able to catch some amazing launch views and were kind enough to share. You can view some of them below.