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An Eerie Object Streaked Across The LA Sky And People Freaked Out. Here's What It Really Was.

Sorry, a close encounter with our alien overlords will have to wait.

Posted on December 22, 2017, at 9:44 p.m. ET

A mysterious bright object streaked across the Southern California sky Friday night, and folks started to immediately โ€” and rightly โ€” freak out. I mean, look at this:

Most people seemed to have one thought in mind: ๐Ÿ‘ฝ ๐Ÿ‘ฝ ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

#losangeles WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SKY??? #ufo

So a weird object is flying in the sky right now. It was emitting a weird colorful smoke and a bright light. So basโ€ฆ https://t.co/I97l12orZ7

OMG what if its North Korea!?!? (It wasn't.)

If these are aliens or North Koreans I love you all. (Well, like 20% of you)

Or what if Santa Claus got a serious upgrade to his sled?

What the hell is this that just flew over L.A. and sprayed some mist all over us???

Turns out there's a much more simple answer. That streak cutting across the sky was yet another launch from SpaceX, which launched a rocket from Vanderberg Air Force Base on the California coast.

Thanks @passantino for explaining what this was. I thought/hoped the aliens had finally come for us ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

According to SpaceX, the Falcon 9 rocket launched Friday night was carrying a satellite for Iridium, a satellite phone provider.

Launch underway https://t.co/llNdEWbHBp

The satellites are a replacement for a current network of low-Earth orbit commercial satellites currently circling the planet.

โ€œThe process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before,โ€ SpaceX said in a statement.

Fridayโ€™s mission was the fourth in a series of 10 satellite launches for Elon Muskโ€™s SpaceX.

Still, the rocket seemed to catch many people off guard, and was spotted from as far away as Las Vegas.

#BREAKING what is it and what does it want?!?! Bright light spotted in Primm/Stateline area. No, itโ€™s not theโ€ฆ https://t.co/YHZfddhaQZ

And in Arizona.

We'll rely on the news to tell us what this is in the western sky. Whatever it is, it's mysterious and very pretty.

Here's a better look at tonight's Falcon 9 rocket launch as viewed over downtown Phoenix. #falcon9 #SpaceX

People wanted answers.

At least we know its not aliens, right?

#losangeles WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SKY??? #ufo

Well ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

@CristatoLive @SpaceX It was definitely aliens

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