15 Stunning Videos of the Pacific Northwest's Mystery Light Show in the Sky

15 Stunning Videos of the Pacific Northwest's Mystery Light Show in the Sky

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People in the Pacific Northwest were treated to quite a light show in the sky on Thursday night shortly before 9:00 p.m. local time, midnight ET. Social media users from Oregon to Canada reported seeing strange lights, and we have plenty of angles from last night’s display that have been uploaded to YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Was it a meteor shower? Space debris burning up in the atmosphere? Could it be aliens in flying saucers finally coming to harvest humans for our vitamins? Despite all the buzz about UFO sightings in recent years, that last one is, sadly, pretty unlikely.

Whatever it was, people couldn’t believe their eyes, as you can hear in the videos below. And while there’s speculation from astronomers that the lights streaking across the sky were pieces of the second stage boosters from a Falcon 9 rocket that was carrying SpaceX Starlink satellites, there’s still no official word from Elon Musk’s space company. Musk seems preoccupied fighting with The Onion right now.

This video was posted to YouTube showing the spectacle somewhere over Washington state.

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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Whoa

Whoa

People in Vancouver, Washington also got quite the view last night.

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Wow

Wow

Another view near the Seattle airport captured the light show from an interesting distance.

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WTF??

WTF??

There’s this video from YouTube, where the poster speculated it might be aliens.

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Ohhhhhh

Ohhhhhh

And from Everett, Washington there was this video on YouTube.

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Hmmmmm

Hmmmmm

Some people captured the light show from their cars.

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That’s weird

That’s weird

This video becomes blurry in points but shows pretty well that there were multiple distinct objects in the sky, whatever they were.

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Look at that

Look at that

People could see it in Renton, Washington.

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Seriously, come check this out

Seriously, come check this out

Another video from the Seattle area gives a great perspective on just how long the light streaks were.

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Gollee...

Gollee...

Further south, in Portland, the slight streaks looked to have much longer tails.

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Excuse me?

Excuse me?

Other Oregonians captured the spectacle from their cars as well.

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The heck?

The heck?

Again, the view from Oregon and the Portland area seemed to be even brighter than from Seattle for some reason.

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This better be aliens

This better be aliens

Some angles from Portland even gave it a more alien-looking appearance.

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What am I looking at right now?

What am I looking at right now?

Other videos seemed to give an abstract quality to the light.

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Oh, wait...

Oh, wait...

And this was the view from Newport, Oregon.

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Dammit, Elon

Dammit, Elon

Again, the best explanation we’ve heard so far has been that a Space X Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage was reentering and burning up after 22 days in orbit. But that hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

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You had me there for a sec.

You had me there for a sec.

Sadly, probably not aliens.

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Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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