The city government of Phoenix picked up something rather extraterrestrial on its city cam around 8:30 p.m. local time Tuesday night:
Something BRILLIANT just flew across the Phoenix sky around 8:30 this evening! Check out what our Phoenix City Cam captured! Look to the right of this screen......#Meteor #Citycam #PHX pic.twitter.com/T3Zys30gXR
— City of Phoenix, AZ (@CityofPhoenixAZ) November 15, 2017
Naturally, some people jumped to the conclusion that it was definitely aliens:
If there is a ufo sighting or meteorite crash landing in North Phoenix I'm calling it I'm not a crazy person yet I saw it don't let them take me alive I know how to survive.
— General W.R. Monger (@connorfog) November 15, 2017
It's not a meteor, it's a UFO. Arizona is no stranger to alien and other worldly activity. https://t.co/GVq4L5bgPC
— Ilse Martinez (@Labrujaxbonita) November 15, 2017
Other people just wanted answers:
Okay, so about 1.5 to 2 hours ago we're driving north on Lake Mary Road south of Mormon Lake. The sky lit up like pre-dawn brightness, then there was a flash bright enough to light the trees. Anyone know #wtf that was? #Arizona
— Deborah Lee Soltesz (@dsoltesz) November 15, 2017
Saw what definitely looked like a plane crash 3 hrs ago in Phoenix. Not the only one who saw it, but can't find anything online outside of crazy UFO sightings. Rational explanations please reply. #PlaneCrash
— Tim Sylvester (@tsylvestermusic) November 15, 2017
There is a more logical and scientific explanation for the Phoenix light. Arizona's 12 News reports that the "Leonid meteor shower is active in November, and it is expected to peak later this week." The city government, too, tagged its video with the hashtag #Meteor.
That being said, 12 News does leave room for anyone who wants to believe: "It's not clear whether this flash was related to that meteor shower." Watch the strange Phoenix light again below. Jeva Lange
— LRC (@LRonanC) November 15, 2017