Moving line of lights over Denver turns out to be cargo jets, not aliens

A strange string of lights moving across the Denver sky on Saturday night sparked curiosity and alien talk.

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I’m not saying it’s aliens, but…

OK, it’s really not aliens.

A strange string of lights moving across the Denver sky on Saturday night sparked curiosity and alien talk, but — surely to the disappointment of many — the unidentified flying objects soon became identified flying objects. (And we all know IFOs are far less exciting than UFOs.)

As 9News reported this morning, their newsroom received more than a dozen calls, emails and other messages from Denverites asking about the lights. Naturally, the team there started asking questions and eventually learned that the lights were 12 C-17 cargo jets.

The lights created a stir everywhere they went, which covered quite a bit of the U.S.

According to Aircraft Spots, a Twitter account dedicated to tracking the movements of military aircraft, the cargo jets were traveling from a Charleston, South Carolina, Air Force base to the Nellis Air Force Base just outside Las Vegas.

Sure enough, 9News’ Charleston sister station reports that C-17s took off from Joint Base Charleston around 7 p.m. EST on Saturday.

A video of the lights initially embedded in this story was deleted by its owner.