Elon Musk wants to take people to space, but it looked as though he brought space to Earth on Oct. 7 when the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket created a spectacular display over the California coast.

SpaceX’s first launch on the West Coast left the California skies glowing with a spectacular trail of light, forcing the Los Angeles mayor to inform residents they were not witnessing an alien invasion.

While the rocket’s launch and subsequent return to Earth lasted just 15 minutes, it traced a bright luminescent trail across the sky that some people captured in pictures and video.

Social media users from as far away as Phoenix, Ariz. — more than 850 kilometres form the launch site — reported seeing the strange lights in the night sky.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti worked to defuse the speculation, tweeting that the bright, glowing light in the sky was in fact the Falcon 9 and “definitely not aliens.”

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