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(LOS ANGELES) — 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 Thursday 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.

WOW! Ian T. snapped this long-exposure pic near Page, AZ last night. Did you see the “space junk” in the sky? #abc15 pic.twitter.com/6Ydk11Fez5

— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 28, 2016

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

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

Definitely a #UFO!!! pic.twitter.com/eB2mlnyrSh

— JoJo Wright (@JoJoWright) July 28, 2016

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