Mysterious Light in the Sky and Smoke Trail Likely a Meteor

Mysterious Light in the Sky and Smoke Trail Likely a Meteor

The launch was called off during the same time heavy reports of the unknown figure flooded social media feeds. They could not confirm if it was connected to the scrubbed rocket launch but said there is "no threat to the homeland".

"It was far too big to be a firework", said Gus Graves of San Francisco. "Or aliens. One of the two".

Several of this week's planned rocket launches ended up being hit with last-second aborts and delays, but that didn't stop Mother Nature from giving California residents a reason to stare skyward anyway.

The NROL-17 launch had to be put off until December 30 at the earliest so that United Launch Alliance could address the Delta 4 Heavy rocket's accumulation of excess hydrogen.

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A representative from Vandenberg Air Force Base had no information about the sight in the sky.

"The team is prepping for a 24-hour turnaround on Thursday, Dec. 20, from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base", they added. The meteor was caught on dash cams, quickly falling, nearly vertically, and leaving behind a bright trail, which shone high in the sky. Many people tagged NASA, asking what it was.

The American Meteor Society received more than 100 reports about the likely fireball event-dubbed 5618-2018-from sky watchers in Arizona, Oregon, Nevada and California.

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