Sorry believers in all things extraterrestrial, you can put your tin foil hats away. There is no space alien invasion of El Paso to report.

That suspicious looking object floating above the Franklin Mountains late Monday afternoon (12/16/19) wasn’t from outer space. As much as I’d like to believe it was, the bright orb in question was most likely a weather balloon reflecting the sun, according to the National Weather Service.

The mysterious dot in the sky caused a flood of inquiries to news stations and a stir on Facebook, many wondering if they had just seen an alien spacecraft.

Alas, after a fleeting hour or two of ET excitement, the shiny object was identified by meteorologists as "probably," "most likely" a weather balloon. Yes, I know, that whole weather balloon thing sounds like your classic government cover story, but in this case I tend to believe the explanation.

Mostly because of numerous photos like these I've seen online that look exactly like a weather balloon. We report, you decide. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to put my tin foil hat back on, just in case.