PHOENIX — A mysterious object was seen by tens of thousands of people last night rocketing across the night sky over Arizona. The awesome wonder noticed in the sky left a trail of bright light in its wake and a lot of confusion as to what it’s source might be.
The object was reportedly a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base. Vandenberg Air Force Base is more than 500 miles from Phoenix.
While last night’s light show was caused by man-made objects, Arizona has seen its share of natural phenomena, too.
The most recent was a little more than a month ago when a meteor flashed across the sky.
But the incident that seems to stick most in many people’s minds was an asteroid that lit up the sky the morning of June 2, 2016. It was seen — and heard — all over the state.
As far as why last night’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was seen so far away in Arizona, meteorologist Paul Horton explained the reason was because the sun had not set yet in California and said, “we could see the contrail higher in the atmosphere reflecting the sun’s light”.
We compiled some of the local footage of last night’s spectacle below.
Just saw this fly over Phoenix. Huge amount of light and smoke! I think it was the Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX
— Kelly Boeddeker (@KellyBoeddeker) December 23, 2017
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