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  • What appeared like a straight line of lights was spotted in the sky above Texas Monday night
  • The National Weather Service said the phenomenon was caused by a group of Starlink satellites
  • The satellites reflect sunlight and temporarily appear brighter as they move across the sky 

What seemed like a straight line of lights that appeared in Texas' sky this week was attributed to aliens and drones, but authorities said it was nothing more than a group of satellites.

The phenomenon was spotted at around 9 p.m. Monday, according to a report by KLST.

"It's an alien spaceship. It's just a sideways alien spaceship," a person said in a video that captured the lights from the city of Leander.

"It's f-----g drones," another person claimed in the video, which was shared on Twitter by Fox 7 Austin assistant producer Chris Walker.

However, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Abilene and San Angelo in Texas later said in a Facebook statement that the lights were a group of communication satellites from the internet service company Starlink.

"When [timed] just right, the satellites reflect sunlight and will appear brighter for 30 seconds to a couple [of] minutes as they move across the sky," the service explained.

In a similar story, a glowing light that was spotted over northern Utah early last month sparked speculations of an alien invasion, but it may have just been a balloon.

The object was seen hovering in the state's western sky just before sunset on Aug. 2.

It appeared to be two cylindrical balloons that were attached to each other, footage taken from a telescope and shared on Twitter showed.

The NWS' office in Salt Lake City confirmed that the object was not one of their balloons.

Some reportedly asked if the light was an unidentified flying object (UFO), while others wondered if an alien invasion had begun.

Local journalist Katie McKellar suggested that it may have been a Stratollite balloon.

These balloons, operated by near space exploration and technology company World View, are unmanned, remotely controlled flight vehicles that can reach the stratosphere, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

World View is based in Arizona, Utah's southern neighbor.

The company's Gryphon 25 Stratollite, which looked like the object that was featured in the Twitter video, was spotted above Cave Creek, Arizona, days prior to the lights in Utah appearing.

This long-exposure image captured on February 7, 2021, shows a trail of a group of SpaceX's Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay
This long-exposure image captured on February 7, 2021, shows a trail of a group of SpaceX's Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay AFP / Mariana SUAREZ