MIAMI (WSVN) - A rocket launch was visible across all of South Florida this morning.

United Launch Alliance launched its Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force communications satellite to space at 6:13 a.m., Thursday.

The satellite will allow connectivity between U.S. leadership and deployed military forces.

From Miami-Dade to Broward and Palm Beach, those up early were greeted with a spectacular light show in the sky as the sun was rising.


Many were left puzzled by what they were seeing.

“I thought right away, within the first two minutes, it was something out of this world,” said Kevin Lyden, who witnessed it from Opa-locka. “I told myself I knew there was something out there.”

The rocket’s plumes were illuminated by the rising sun which caused it to glow.

Hundreds of people took to social media to show off their photos and videos.

“It looked insane,” Lyden continued. “I never saw anything like that. I saw rocket ships before taking off, but I never saw anything like that. When it got into the end of the film, it just blasted off.”

He wasn’t alone.

Many who watched video of the rocket plumes glowing across the sky were amazed.

“That looks cool,” one woman said. “It looks like lightning.”

So, no it wasn’t an alien invasion. It was just a rocket launch.

The launch marks the 80th launch for Atlas V since it’s inaugural mission back in 2002.

More are planned for the future.

For more information on the launch and its payload, click here.

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