East Coast residents got a good old-fashioned freakout this week when they were treated to the sight of a bizarre fireball in the sky
· Nov 10, 2022 · NottheBee.com

You have a reasonable expectation when you look out your window that you're not going to see a gigantic frightening explosion in the cosmos. But as many people found out this week, you can't always get what you want:

When a mysterious fireball lit up the early morning Virginia sky on Monday, Nov. 7, the powerful object caught the attention of those below. ...

"This was over my neighborhood," one viewer told WRAL. "It seemed to be moving quick with a burning ball in front of it."

This seriously does look pretty frightening:

You've probably already figured out what it is, of course:

Photos soon flooded the internet of the glowing orb, but the mystery didn't last long. NASA announced it had launched a spacecraft off the Virginia coast — and it had a special name.

The S.S. Sally Ride spacecraft launched at 5:32 a.m. from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, NASA said. The rocket was named after the first American woman to ever go to space.

People finding out the giant killer death fire in the sky was just goofy ol' NASA firing off one of its little rockets again:

The launch itself, meanwhile, was a beautiful thing to see:

Next time though, NASA, you need to go door-to-door up and down the East Coast and let everyone know. It's only polite.

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