SpaceX rocket launches UFO craze

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In trending news this morning, SpaceX's final launch of the year causes a stir on Twitter, an emotional reunion takes place on a plane, and penguins get a festive makeover.

First up, it's the final SpaceX launch of 2017. The Falcon 9 rocket not only lit up the sky in southern California over the weekend, but it lit up Twitter too.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk having a little fun with all the alien/UFO debates, tweeting: "Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea."

The launch carried another payload of Iridium's next generation global satellites. These satellites will be able to monitor all ships and aircraft in real time.

Also trending, it was an emotional reunion on one Philippines Arline flight. Pilot Juan Paulo Fermin surprised his mother and stepfather on a flight from Vancouver to Manila. His parents live in Bermuda and they hadn't spent a Christmas with their son in 17 years.

The reunion took place during a two-hour layover in Canada. Fermin says he was nervous, excited and happy to be able to surprise his parents.

Lastly, a group of Santa-cloak-clad penguins helped to create a festive atmosphere and bring visitors joy in Harbin's Polarland in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

At the Polarland theme park, the penguins wandered around the newly-built Mini Snow Town donning small red cloaks and eliciting smiles and cheers from the excited visitors.