Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Unusual light spotted in sky over San Francisco

Unusual light spotted in sky over San Francisco

Vandenberg's sunset launches can be seen for hundreds of miles and about the time of the planned launch, folks in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and even farther south reported seeing a odd, shining, cloudlike squiggle in the sky.

The light was, according to KRON, spotted in the East Bay, San Francisco and in several other locations throughout Northern California.

Shortly before 7 p.m., the National Weather Service posted on Twitter that, while not 100 percent confirmed, the object seen was probably a meteor.

There was speculation that the cloud-like formations seen Wednesday were also related to a rocket launch at Vandenberg.

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While some were diverted to other London airports, others have reported being sent as far away as Paris, Bordeaux and Amsterdam. Gatwick Airport has advised anyone flying from the airport, or collecting someone, to check the status of their flight .


"We are proud to launch this critical payload in support of our nation's national security mission", Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of government and commercial programs, said in a statement prior to the two delays.

The next launch window starts at 5:31 p.m. Thursday.

Many pointed out it wouldn't be a rocket because the scheduled launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket in Southern California on Wednesday evening had been canceled.

Many in California are used to seeing odd bursts of light following SpaceX rocket launches but that does not appear to be the case this time.

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