Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation

Mysterious light seen in California sky prompts speculation

They could not confirm if it was connected to the scrubbed rocket launch but said there is "no threat to the homeland".

California's skies are regularly peppered with the bright trails of rockets blasting off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc.

The NROL-71 mission faces yet another delay, though ULA declined to provide a reason for this scrub.

Who knows? Maybe there'll be another sunset fireball to celebrate a successful Delta 4 Heavy launch - after what are now four postponements.

But until the authorities, weighed in, many were wondering and speculating what was causing the odd looking lights that were first reported about 5:30 p.m.

The rocket, carrying a top-secret payload from the National Reconnaissance Office, should be visible in the night sky, rising from the Santa Barbara County coast over the ocean.

The launch was scrubbed once already this week - on Tuesday afternoon - because of high winds in the area.

According to the company, the Delta IV Heavy rocket includes three Rocketdyne liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engines that can produce a combined 2.1 million pounds of thrust.

A mysterious light trail in the sky was spotted across California around the same time of the scheduled launch Wednesday night. Travis Air Force Base also did not have information on the light, but the National Weather Service believed it may have been a meteor.

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