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What was that strange light in the sky? It was a rocket, and you captured it

‘What in the world?!’: Atlas V rocket launch takes some by surprise

The Atlas V rocket carrying a military communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida in the early morning of August 8, 2019. Bradenton Herald readers sent in video of what they saw of the launch.
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The Atlas V rocket carrying a military communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida in the early morning of August 8, 2019. Bradenton Herald readers sent in video of what they saw of the launch.

What was that strange streak in the sky early Thursday morning? It was a rocket launching from Cape Canaveral, and it has Floridians talking.

The Atlas V rocket is carrying the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. This type of satellite provides “high-secure jam-proof connectivity” between the U.S. and deployed military forces, according to the rocket’s website.

Early risers were able to witness the rocket blazing through the sky and hundreds took to social media to share their views.

Photos from the Bradenton Herald show some wicked golden streaks of light filling the sky. Kind of looks like Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth, doesn’t it?

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Chris Shaberts took this picture of the Atlas V rocket leaving a trail of golden light in Bradenton. Chris Shaberts via Bradenton Herald

Other pics make it look like a burst of blueish energy, like this one taken by Darlene Goff in Bradenton. Are we sure we didn’t witness some type of alien battle?

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Darlene Goff took a picture of the Atlas V lighting up Bradenton’s sky early Thursday morning in a cool blue shade. Darlene Goff via Bradenton Herald

It was even spotted in Key West.

Originally scheduled to launch at 5:44 a.m., liftoff was delayed after the rocket experienced two technical issues. It officially took off at 6:13 a.m. and will be traveling through space on a six-hour mission to deliver the satellite, according to the United Launch Alliance.

The launch also marks the 80th Atlas V mission since its inaugural launch in 2002 and comes a day after the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

If you missed the launch, you can watch it on the United Launch Alliance’s Youtube.

Called Atlas V, the rocket successfully launched early Thursday morning after experiencing a slight delay for technical issues.

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Real Time/Breaking News Reporter. There’s never a dull moment in Florida — and I cover it. Graduated with honors from Florida International University. Find me on Twitter @TweetMichelleM
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