Bright Object Seen in Northern California Sky

Audrey Hill
December 21, 2018

Late Wednesday night some truly freakish streaks appeared in the sky over the Bay Area, prompting countless witnesses to tweet their own sightings while asking just what the heck it was.

People shared photos and videos of the object on social media, wondering what it was and tagging NASA in their posts. But a take-off scheduled for early Wednesday evening was scrubbed at the last minute.

The Southland was deprived again Wednesday of an aerospace light show, as a planned rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County was scrubbed for the fourth time.

The three-booster Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the satellite was built by United Launch Alliance, a conglomerate of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

Tonight's rocket launch was scrubbed. The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday, the company reported.

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As local news reports explained, the National Weather Service believed it to be a "Noctilucent cloud", which can sometimes be created when a space rock zips through the upper atmosphere.

"A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset", the organization wrote on Facebook. "But very likely just a bright meteor".

Fireball sighting reports can be filed with the American Meteor Society, which has already received more than 100 reports (and scores of photos).

Dozens of people called and emailed the KPIX 5 newsroom asking what the phenomenon was, but so far the reason behind the lights remains a mystery.

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