It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… mystery?
On Tuesday night, an “unidentified” bright light was spotted whizzing across the sky over California and Nevada.
Dazzled by the sight, witnesses promptly took to Twitter to opine over its source. Was it a shooting star? A missile? A UFO?
Several aviation and weather officials said the light was not an aircraft, BuzzFeed reported. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the news outlet that he had “no idea” what the object was. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas also confirmed that it was “not a plane.”
UPDATE (12/23, 1:15 a.m. ET): Julie Ziegenhorn, a spokeswoman with U.S. Strategic Command, told NBC News that the “streaking fireball” was Russian space debris.
The light, said Ziegenhorn, was “caused by a Russian SL-4 rocket body that reentered the atmosphere somewhere above Arizona.”
The rocket had been launched on Dec. 21.
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