Space jellyfish: What is it?

Friday’s early morning SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Center went off without a hitch and also produced an incredibly cool phenomenon known as a “space jellyfish.”As the Falcon 9 rocket soared through the dark Florida sky, sunlight reflected off the rocket’s exhaust plume creating a stunning glowing halo effect. “Basically, what’s happening is, it’s still dark outside, but you have the sun illuminating the plume as it’s in space,” Jessica Jensen, director of Dragon mission management for SpaceX, said.Plenty of people were confused, not knowing what the strange light in the sky was from. Historically, the stunning space sight has stoked fears of an alien invasion or nuclear missile strike, but it’s only a neat effect of a pre-dawn launch. Beautiful pictures of the event were posted to social media:Friday’s 5:43 a.m. Falcon 9 rocket launch took another round of 53 Starlink Satellites into orbit. Watch the full launch hereStarlink is the constellation of networked satellites aimed to provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.Also early Friday, SpaceX returned four astronauts from the International Space Station. Crew-3 splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa.

Friday’s early morning SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Center went off without a hitch and also produced an incredibly cool phenomenon known as a “space jellyfish.”

As the Falcon 9 rocket soared through the dark Florida sky, sunlight reflected off the rocket’s exhaust plume creating a stunning glowing halo effect.

“Basically, what’s happening is, it’s still dark outside, but you have the sun illuminating the plume as it’s in space,” Jessica Jensen, director of Dragon mission management for SpaceX, said.

Plenty of people were confused, not knowing what the strange light in the sky was from.

Historically, the stunning space sight has stoked fears of an alien invasion or nuclear missile strike, but it’s only a neat effect of a pre-dawn launch.

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Beautiful pictures of the event were posted to social media:

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Friday’s 5:43 a.m. Falcon 9 rocket launch took another round of 53 Starlink Satellites into orbit.

Watch the full launch here

Starlink is the constellation of networked satellites aimed to provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.

Also early Friday, SpaceX returned four astronauts from the International Space Station. Crew-3 splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa.

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