Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched Tesla Roadster into space last Tuesday (Feb. 6), via a Falcon Heavy rocket launch.
Thousands watched the livestream, as the car was shot into space as David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” played. But, even after the livestream ended, a few astronomers kept their eye on the car, with “Starman” sitting behind the wheel.
Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project caught sight of the Tesla speeding through space on Feb. 8, two days after its launch.
“We immediately spotted the Tesla Roadster, quite bright … moving image after image across the stars. At the time of our observations, the car was at about 470,000 km from us,” Masi said in a blog post. “We managed to take dozen of images, and we used a group of them to show the trail of the object across the stars.”
The Deimos Sky Survey also caught sight of the cosmic Tesla, which you can check out in the gif below. It looks like a star moving slowly across the sky.
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) February 8, 2018
The Tesla is set to orbit around the sun and will end up beyond Mars. It could roam through space possibly for millions of years.