A blazing fireball streaked across the night sky on Wednesday, igniting a social media frenzy on the West Coast.
Residents of southern California all the way to Utah spotted a curious streak of light, and many took to the internet to find the answer, and share their own theories as to what it could possibly be.
Among the most popular suppositions were that this was the work of some kind of extra-terrestrial life, or that it was a meteor.
A NASA spokesperson told ABC News today that the light was actually "the re-entry of a Chinese rocket body."
Social media users were nonetheless awed at the beauty of this flaming piece of space junk as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere.
Huge asteroid shooting star thing entering atmosphere over Vegas. July 27th 2016 9:40 p.m. pic.twitter.com/djdR3Xu6En— Trevor Kerr (@AdmiralTrevMan) July 28, 2016
#Meteor over western US almost definitely human space debris like a rocket booster or the like. Slow moving and broke apart.— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) July 28, 2016
Correction, the object in question was not a meteor but rather a piece of "space junk." https://t.co/iJkQtddAG6— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 28, 2016