Did you see it? Multiple bright burning objects streak across SoCal skies overnight

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
Mystery remains about bright streaking objects in SoCal skies
Theories about the bright objects include Chinese spacecraft, SpaceX debris or, of course, aliens.

People across Southern California were captivated by a mysterious sight as several streaking objects lit up the sky overnight.

The bright streaks of light were spotted around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Users online reported seeing it across the region, from Temecula, Orange County, Los Angeles and beyond.

Many took to social media to get answers about the origin of the lights.

Find our latest updates on the celestial light show here | Streaking lights that lit up SoCal night sky were caused by Chinese space junk reentry, experts say

Some speculated it was a possible meteor or comet, while others thought it could be debris from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that took off from Vandenberg Space Force Base around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Southern California got a glimpse of yet another SpaceX launch Monday night that lit up the sky.

The Aerospace Corporation, an independent non-profit corporation that's federally funded, does space research and has information on its website about a Chinese spacecraft that was predicted to re-enter the planet's atmosphere near L.A. around the time the lights were spotted.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a breakdown of celestial events happening this month - such as easy-to-spot planets, an eclipse and a comet that is viewable with binoculars - but nothing to answer the mystery.

Eyewitness News reached out to SpaceX, The Aerospace Corporation NASA and JPL regarding the incident but has not heard back.