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What was that flying object? 'Mystery missile' sparks online speculation

November 9, 2010 | 11:50 am

The mysterious projectile spotted Monday off the Southern California coast has Defense Department officials scratching their heads. Was it a missile? Who may have launched it and where did it come from?

Military officials said the unidentified object captured on video by television station KCBS does not pose a threat to the nation, but the lack of a clear explanation has only fueled speculation online.

By midday "missile" was among the most popular topics on microblogging site Twitter, where users posted all sorts of explanations for the luminous point hurtling through the sky some 35 miles off the Pacific coast.


What do you think it was? Share your speculation in comments below.

 -- Tony Barboza