Early reports seemed to suggest a rogue missile. Was it really a missile shot off by a foreign government, or an accident set off by our own military? Perhaps it was a defense contractor trying out an unarmed warhead, or some mad scientist launching off a rocket.
Perhaps more disturbing than the photos and footage itself was that the US government, NORAD, and the military all seemed to deny any knowledge of what the object might be.
In the end, they came up with a seemingly logical explanation - the California missile launch was really a jet contrail. This was a flight from LAX to PHX, and the footage was taken at just the right angle to make the contrail appear to be a missile.
In other words, it was an optical illusion, or the photos suggested an idea that is 'just in our heads.'
So no worries, folks. I mean, come on...do you REALLY think that the government would lie to us about the California missile launch/mystery missile? Ha.