A mysterious bright object streaked across the Southern California sky Friday night, and folks started to immediately — and rightly — freak out. I mean, look at this:
Most people seemed to have one thought in mind: 👽 👽 👽
OMG what if its North Korea!?!? (It wasn't.)
Or what if Santa Claus got a serious upgrade to his sled?
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.
According to SpaceX, the Falcon 9 rocket launched Friday night was carrying a satellite for Iridium, a satellite phone provider.
The satellites are a replacement for a current network of low-Earth orbit commercial satellites currently circling the planet.
“The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before,” SpaceX said in a statement.
Friday’s mission was the fourth in a series of 10 satellite launches for Elon Musk’s SpaceX.