Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation

21 December, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Northern California meteor

It wasn't a rocket as the Delta IV Heavy rocket launch scheduled for Wednesday night in Southern California had been canceled.

First reports of the sighting came in shortly after 5:30 p.m.

December 30 will be the earliest possible date for the sixth attempting at launching the 233-foot-tall rocket, which is set to deploy a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Experts watching the skies quickly confirmed the bright light was most likely a meteor that soared past at 5:34 p.m. PT (8.34 p.m. ET), after sunset, leaving behind a wispy, curling trail that faded over several minutes.

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- A mysterious figure in the sky was seen all over the Bay Area on Wednesday evening and Twitter erupted with curiosity.

However, United Launch Alliance, a launch service provider for national security missions, announced the launch had been scrubbed because of "indications of booster complications".

Launches from the base northwest of Los Angeles can light up the sky for hundreds of miles. However, that launch was scrubbed due to a hydrogen leak (the second time in about two weeks), but luckily Mother Nature stepped in with an all natural light show.

A considerable amount of eyes were already on the sky anticipating the Delta IV rocket launch from Vandenberg, Calif.



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