If you live near Southern California, you might have seen a blazing flash of light on the night of Saturday, November 7. You would have been forgiven for thinking it was a UFO—in reality, it was a U.S. navy missile test, and it made certain photographers very lucky that night. For instance, this already-beautiful timelapse was made all the more special by a blast of light around 10 seconds in:
No need to worry about secret government missile launches, though; the missile wasn’t armed, and the navy released a statement clarifying the whole thing:
“The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.”
Not as sexy as military missiles soaring through the sky, but that’s reality for you.