Mysterious lights over Bay Area skies deemed a meteor, scientists say


The launch was first delayed by five minutes, then it was scrubbed altogether less than 10 minutes to takeoff. "Like a fighter pilot that was leaving a insane streak in the sky". "I'm thinking it's some sort of high-tech rocket that they're working on, possibly?"

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

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.

A day after scrubbing the launch of a classified satellite out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, the United Launch Alliance delayed it again Thursday, marking the fifth such reschedule in less than two weeks.

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The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday.

"A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset", the organization wrote on Facebook. Oftentimes when a meteor burns through Earth's atmosphere it produces a bright flash and little else, but in this particular case a wispy cloud was produced in its wake.

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.

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.