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No, SoCal, That Mysterious Light in the Sky Wasn’t an Alien Invasion

”When LA erupts on Twitter, it can only be one of two things… There’s a UFO or it’s raining“

Southern California is used to oddities, but that weird light in the sky above Orange County on Friday night pushed some people right over the edge.

“Freaked the hell out of my grandparents they thought they were witnessing the world ending,” wrote one Twitter user.

The light show seen as far east as Tucson, Arizona, was, actually, a result of Vandenberg Air Force Base launching SpaceX’s Rocket 9. SpaceX was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing transportation costs and, ultimately, colonizing Mars.

Rocket 9 carried 10 Iridium-4 satellites to be part of an 81-satellite constellation that will orbit earth to deliver data and voice communications.

But people on social media thought the rocket might be something a little more interesting than that… like an alien invasion.

And, of course, there’s always a skeptic or two: