People are posting stunning images of Saturday night’s rocket launch

Almost as soon as United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket left the launch pad Saturday, people were posting photos and videos to social media showing the vehicle’s arc through the night sky.

The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral at 8:18 p.m. after a nearly 40-minute delay because of a “ground system issue,” United Launch Alliance said.

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More than 30,000 people watched the live feed of the rocket taking off, but many around Florida simply stepped outside to watch as the ball of light moved toward space. 

The rocket carried the U.S. Air Force’s ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) mission.

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Here’s a look at some of the photos and videos of the launch posted on social media:

Some images were more professional.

#nightlaunch #deltaiv #deltaheavy #unitedlaunchalliance #capecanaveralairforcestation

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#ula #unitedlaunchalliance #deltaiv #rocket #space #capecanaveralairforcestation #321 #suntree #florida

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Other photos and videos were shot by onlookers eager to share the moment with friends.

#wgs9 #deltaiv watched a rocket launch tonight.

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Just saw a rocket launch...never thought I'd say that...but we did & it was cool. #DeltaIV #WGS9

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Attendees of a Saturday night race in Sebring, in Central Florida, could even see the launch from there.

Watch video of Saturday night’s launch here.

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