Bright Object Seen in Northern California Sky

A Delta Heavy IV rocket sits on the launch pad of Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 19 2018

A Delta Heavy IV rocket sits on the launch pad of Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 19 2018

Those who posted their sightings on social media offered up all kinds of guesses as to what created the streak, which included everything from a missile launch to (you guessed it) aliens. They could not confirm if it was connected to the scrubbed rocket launch but said there is "no threat to the homeland". "Like a fighter pilot that was leaving a insane streak in the sky".

A rocket launch was scheduled for December 19, 2018 at 5:44 p.m.at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but was scrubbed minutes before launch, according to the National Weather Service.

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.

The launch of a spy satellite from a Central California base was scrubbed Wednesday night but folks still got a light show.

"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.

"A very bright meteor that fell through the atmosphere, and it took place shortly after sunset so that the contrail that was left behind was still lit by the sun", Bing Quock, the assistant director of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, told KPIX 5. The society has already uploaded more than 40 images from people lucky enough to photograph the exciting event.

"Still not 100% certain, but evidence is growing the object seen was a meteor", NWS said in a tweet.

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