The stunning visuals were created when the Falcon 9 rocket rose above the horizon and into sunlight before the first stage – or main body of the rocket – separated from the smaller second stage. As the second stage rocket ignited the exhaust caught the rays of the setting sun, creating stunning visuals. Royce Hutain captured the moment from Huntington Beach, south Los Angeles, but others reported seeing it as far afield as San Francisco and Arizona.
The next video shows from the countdown to the explosive separation from Pasadena, California:
Here the separation in slow motion:
And here a compilation from different videos captured in the sky over Mexico:
Here two of my preferate pictures: