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Did You See It? Mysterious Light in South Florida Sky Likely Caused by Missile Launch

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A strange sight unnerved some South Floridians Tuesday night, as images of an alleged “UFO” made the rounds on social media.

Several social media users posted photos and videos of the “unidentified flying object,” which looked like a silver orb slowly moving across the sky. 

The mysterious light was seen from Miami to Delray Beach, puzzling onlookers.

Many asked if they missed a scheduled rocket launch, speculating whether SpaceX was involved.

SpaceX did not release a news or press release about a rocket launch on Feb. 9th.

Local reports say the object is believed to be a light from a Trident missile test launch from a submarine, although no official confirmation from the U.S. Navy has yet been released.

The hashtag #SLBM, which stands for "submarine launched ballistic missile," was trending on Twitter as users tried to pinpoint the cause of the glowing object.

On Feb. 7, one Twitter user noted an upcoming SLBM test from Feb. 9 - 14th.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued a maritime warning for the allotted time period.

The Federal Aviation Administration shut down airspace in the area prior to when the light was seen. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. Please check back for more updates.

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