Hawaii News Now was flooded with calls and messages on 24 October about strange moving lights across the dark sky, seen from the shores of Waikiki to Ewa Beach, and even on neighbouring islands.
A series of bizarre lights hovering in the sky over Hawaii on 24 October triggered a frenzy of comments on social media.
Videos of the sighting flooded the internet, with one fuzzy clip shared to YouTube by conspiracy theorist MrMBB333.
The footage seems to show numerous lights, some of which are flashing, in a rough line formation moving across the night sky, with conspiracy theorists immediately swooping in to claim they could be part of an “alien mothership”.
Perplexed witnesses to the strange phenomenon on the ground could be heard in the clip exclaiming and wondering “what is that thing?”
According to the video channel host MrMBB333, the sighting seemed to bear a similarity with the infamous Phoenix Lights. The phenomenon dates to 13 March 1997 and consisted of a series of widely-sighted UFOs seen above the US states of Arizona and Nevada.
The YouTube user singled out what he believed to be a red light at the front of the trail of objects, suggesting the entire formation of lights might be part of a bigger UFO “mothership”.
Social media users commented that they had also seen the lights in the area, speculating on what might be the possible explanation for the phenomenon.
More sceptical comments suggested the moving lights were Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites.
Elon Musk’s space exploration company, SpaceX, plans to launch up to 42,000 satellites into orbit to beam internet down to remote parts of the Earth.
The company has already put close to 200 Starlink satellites into orbit, with stargazers occasionally treated to the sight of them crossing the night sky and leaving a shimmering trail.
However, the latter are typically noted for their perfect line formation – something that was not the case in this instance.
According to local news outlet Hawaii NewsNow they had been flooded with calls about the strange moving lights seen over Oahu.
Weighing in on the sighting, astronomers at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy (UH IFA) believed the lights may have been a result of debris from a rocket re-entry.