Cancel the alert over the alien invasion. That giant fireball seen by many last night over Nevada and California — at least according to the story we’re being spoon fed by U.S. Strategic Command — was “Russian space debris”:
Mysterious Fireball Lights Up Las Vegas Night Sky https://t.co/wtdFNi82wU
— Aaron Gilchrist (@nbcaaron) December 23, 2015
From NBC News:
U.S. Strategic Command said the light was caused by a Russian SL-4 rocket body that reentered the atmosphere somewhere above Arizona at around 7:08 p.m. MT (9:08 p.m. ET).
The Joint Space Operation Center had been tracking the rocket body, along with 16,000 other objects, Strategic Command spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell said in a statement. He referred other inquiries to the Russian Federal Space Agency.
A likely story. Many on Twitter shared pics and video of the “debris” last night as it streaked overhead:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 23, 2015
— ARnews 1936 (@ARnews1936) December 23, 2015
— SEV (@Sev_Ren) December 23, 2015
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 23, 2015
Weird flaming streak of debris in the sky south of Las Vegas just after 6PM. Anyone else see it? pic.twitter.com/ax13zm2jAx
— Brand Hunt (@brandhunt) December 23, 2015
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) December 23, 2015