Huge 'meteor' swoops through Nevada skies (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
A giant glowing object soared through the night sky near Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday, with excited witnesses rushing to post photographs and videos of the what they believed to be a meteor on social media.
@ABC10 RT @News3LV: Apparent large meteor flies across Las Vegas sky https://t.co/HOKlr6ihghpic.twitter.com/sFKM2mw5tT— Ryan (@Detron3000) December 23, 2015
Some videos also apparently show what appears to be pieces of the object breaking up as it swoops across the sky.
@FOX5Vegas Captured an amazing meteor in Las Vegas around 6pm tonight! Saw it breaking up as it fell to earth! pic.twitter.com/xK2ObyL5o9— BA®®Y™ (@SteeleSoldier) December 23, 2015
The object was also later seen flying across California.
@KTLA so this just happened in Ventura.... #ufopic.twitter.com/hLT8dUVX1G— Kolbe Gillette (@TheRealKolbabe) December 23, 2015
Not everyone was convinced the flying object was a meteor, however, with Twitter users speculating that it could have been a secret alien visit or military weaponry.
When aliens visit disguised as a meteor— Mike (@WhyMetsWhy) December 23, 2015
Missile in the Nevada desert? pic.twitter.com/Zh7XPeXkcr— Jane Ross (@cjrorun) December 23, 2015
Local outlet KSNV reported that McArran airport confirmed the object was not an aircraft since it was too high in the sky.
Other than a meteor, Twitter users and experts speculated that the object could have been falling space debris. Bob Pippin of the CSN Planetarium in southern Nevada told KSNV it could have been a satellite.
Saw the coolest #meteor over #lasvegas just now. I thought it was a missile or something crazy pic.twitter.com/ZYmXUqBKCU— ✨Danielle Ford✨ (@DanielleFordLV) December 23, 2015
Some on Twitter agreed, arguing it was moving too slowly to be a meteor.
Looking at videos; #vegas#meteor likely returning space debris or booster. Not plane crash, not true meteor.— David J. Syzdek (@dsyzdek) December 23, 2015