Bewildered skywatchers were treated to a dazzling light show on Saturday night by an unidentified flying object. Perplexed onlookers from up and down the coast of California to Nevada and even Arizona were treated to this glowing, seemingly otherworldly extravaganza.
The Internet was blown away by this huge comet-shaped rocket ship that set the night sky on fire with a blue flame.
Most people believed the fiery projectile to be aliens invading Los Angeles, but finding no intelligent life and leaving.
— ☯ ☯ ☯ ☯ (@sav_hilde) November 8, 2015
Here is what it looked like from San Francisco.
— Adam Corey (@frumpy) November 8, 2015
Here is how it looked from Sacramento.
Some stupefied spectators speculated that the unidentified flying object was part of the annual Taurid meteor shower, which is reaching its peak right now. However, astrophysicist Brian Keating at UC San Diego quickly quashed that notion. “The Taurid meteors would be coming from the east — and this light came from the west,” Keating said. “We’d also be more likely to see meteors about midnight, and the flash came near sunset.”
If it wasn’t a meteor it had to be aliens right? RIGHT?!?! The government has an explanation that will calm your fears, wipe away your tears and swaddle you in a comfy, warm blanket of assurance and safety.
The San Diego Union-Tribune conveniently gained immediate access to a high-ranking military commander to explain the UFO-like vessel:
“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from the Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California, a Navy spokesman said. The test was part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test, said Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet. Perry said launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. ‘Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities,’ he said in a statement.”
The “missile” was not armed and the test range is a massive area northwest of Los Angeles called Point Mugu. Coincidentally, the Los Angeles International Airport for the coming week, but it’s not clear if the test has anything to do with flight restrictions issued for LAX. Reuters reported that there will be a forced diversion of nighttime flights from Los Angeles Airport – the second-busiest in the US – due to unspecified “activated airspace” in the area.
The “rocket” could be seen in Phoenix, Arizona, which is 400 miles away from Los Angeles.
A pic of what many are seeing in the sky tonight. Sorry, it’s not a UFO. It’s the remnants of Taurid Meteor Shower! pic.twitter.com/xMnkQUXnVZ
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) November 8, 2015
The “missile” could even be seen in Tucson, Arizona, which is 559 miles away from Point Mugu.
Pretty crazy that some jabroni in Tucson could record a “rocket” that was traveling north some 600 miles away with his 1.3 megapixel camera phone. Keep believing everything that you’re told sheeple.
Fire in the sky pic.twitter.com/srGJ9dcjdT
— John Humber (@johnhumber) November 8, 2015