Unexplained Bright Light Spotted In Night Sky Over California And Nevada

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… mystery?

On Tuesday night, an as-yet “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?

For now, the answer remains unclear.

@reviewjournal shooting star from Summerlin pic.twitter.com/ZBBI8aDika

— Andy McEldowney (@a_mceldowney) December 23, 2015

@KTLA so this just happened in Ventura…. #ufo pic.twitter.com/hLT8dUVX1G

— Kolbe Gillette (@TheRealKolbabe) December 23, 2015

Dawg who else just saw this shit?!?!?!?!?! Light just popped in the sky split up and into 3 and disappeared pic.twitter.com/We9ppAGnl7

— Only 6’11 〽️ (@SkyBoy_Q) December 23, 2015

Some speculated that the light might be a shooting star from the Geminid meteor shower, which began on Dec. 4. However, the Geminid shower was expected to peak around Dec. 13 and end on the 17th.

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.”

As KTLA-TV noted, the unidentified flying object bore similarities to one spotted in the California sky in November. In that case, the light was from an unarmed test missile fired by the U.S. Navy.

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