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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Dazzles Carolinas

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Early risers across North and South Carolina were treated to a stunning celestial display early Wednesday morning as a mysterious object streaked across the sky. The phenomenon, spotted in various locations including Charlotte, Fort Mill, and Ocean Isle Beach, turned out to be the vapor trail from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch.

Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich captured the event on his roof camera, confirming that the rocket launched 20 Starlink satellites, including 13 with direct-to-cell capabilities. The 2-hour delay in the launch window created perfect conditions for visibility just before sunrise, making the vapor trail much more pronounced along the East Coast.