By Katy Gill
This incredible footage shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 Zuma light up the night sky following its take-off and landing.
Jan Rossiter captured Elon Musk’s most recent rocket electrify the pitch-black skies like a sunrise when it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA, on Sunday January 7.
Less than a minute after leaving the ground, a huge roar finally reaches the 31-year-old amateur astrophotographer stood little more than 10 miles away.
Following the flight path of the rocket, the bright flames disappear only to reappear six minutes after take-off as the spacecraft made its descent.
Finally touching down, the boosters shut off leaving the sky pitch-black again before a sonic boom cracks in the air seconds later.
Jan said: “It was amazing to experience in person as this was my first night launch.
“When the engines ignite, and it lights up the horizon, it’s like a bomb went off.
“You see it climb and eventually a low rumble catches up to what you are seeing.”
Jan has filmed three other SpaceX launches, the first coming in May 2017 when the Inmarsat-5 satellite was put into orbit.
Jan said: “Since it was night you could easily see the first and second stage separate as well as the engines for both ignite.
“The plumes from them began interacting with each other, making some cool patterns in the sky.
“Eventually the second stage fades away, but about that same time the first stage begins its re-entry burn and becomes visible.
“You can see it streaking towards the ground until the flame disappears again.
“Finally, the landing burn happens, and the sky once again lights up similar to the initial launch.
“You see it land and the light fades away, but seconds later you are rocked by the twin sonic booms that have taken that long to reach you.”
The structural engineer made sure to find a spot about three hours before the scheduled launch, and arrived just in time to find a space.
Jan said: “It is worth the expense to get as close as you can and feel the power these rockets have.
“If you have free time check out the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, particularly the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit and the Saturn V/Apollo Center.”