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Bright light seen in California, southwestern night sky

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(Courtesy Bonnie Updike in Ramona, CA)

A number of people in the western U.S. reported - and recorded - a strange light in the night sky Tuesday.


(Courtesy Heather Wasgatt Finden in Phoenix)

Viewers were calling into TV stations, talking about seeing a bright light many miles above Earth. Reports came in from New Mexico, Arizona and Sacramento.

The slow-moving light was reportedly SpaceX correcting the trajectory of its Falcon Heavy rocket that was launched earlier in the day.


(Courtesy Victoria Martinez in Phoenix)

A SpaceX employee tweeted that a trans-Mars injection burn created the light. The burn is used to correct the rocket's path.

SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the burn Tuesday night.

Mystery solved, apparently!

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