No, you weren’t seeing things — there really was a strange light in the sky that had people buzzing across the five boroughs Saturday night. And no, we weren’t neuralized by the Men in Black and instructed to lie about what we saw, just to spoil your fun (at least as far as we know).
The truth is that while reports came in fast and furious over the weekend about UFOs over New York City, that strange light was, in fact, a NASA experiment — the test of something called the Black Brant XII Suborbital Sounding Rocket. Researchers say it was launched to study high cloud formations around the Earth.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 21, 2009