Imagine you’re curled up in bed one night with a good book when you look outside your window and notice a strange light coming from the sky.
At first, you try to convince yourself it’s a plane. But it can’t be a plane, because you’ve never seen one with lights like this before. So maybe it’s a meteor? But no, that can’t work either–it’s not burning up.
Naturally, your mind would jump to the only option left: You’re looking at an alien spaceship.
— Jerry Doyle (@jerrydoyle) November 9, 2015
In fairness, we don’t blame Californians for being a little freaked out when they saw the strange light over the weekend. But, it turns out, what they were seeing wasn’t an extraterrestrial at all. It was, in fact, very much man made.
After the UFO story went viral on social media, a Pentagon public affairs spokesman came forward to explain that the strange light actually belonged to an unarmed missile, which was being tested in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The test was apparently part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation.
So why wasn’t an announcement made before the launch?
Officials say information around the launch of these missiles is generally classified prior to them becoming airborne, so the public is usually kept in the dark about them. We really think they should consider changing that policy though, at least if they want to continue firing weapons over heavily populated areas.
In any case, you can go back to sleep now, California. There’s nothing to see here.