PHOTOS: Atlas V rocket launch lights up Tampa Bay sky

Photo of the rocket launch taken by WFLA Photographer Jamie Cook from Lakeland.

This morning, Atlas V successfully launched from Cape Canaveral. The aftermath of the launch lit up the sky of Tampa Bay during the 6 a.m. hour. Many people reached out to News Channel 8 wondering what the light in the sky was.

The launch happened at 6:18 a.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket is carrying the MUOS-4 satellite. According to Kennedy Space Center, the MUOS-4, or Mobile User Objective System, is the fourth in a series of U.S. Navy next-generation satellite systems for ground communications of U.S. forces on the move. The launch was originally scheduled for 5:59 a.m.

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The rocket launch was seen from areas all around Tampa Bay.

SEE PHOTOS: Atlas V rocket launch lights up Tampa Bay sky

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