Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mysterious Light in the Sky and Smoke Trail Likely a Meteor

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 8:11 PM

click to enlarge Residents across California watched what may have been a meteor streak across the sky on Wednesday night. - PHOTO BY STEVE HENCZ
  • Photo by Steve Hencz
  • Residents across California watched what may have been a meteor streak across the sky on Wednesday night.
A mysterious light and what appeared be smoke trailing behind it blazed across the sky around 5:40 p.m. Residents of the North Coast as well as people in Reno, the Bay Area and beyond spotted the bright light followed by a curvy tail of smoke. Several sent us photos and video.

Many at first thought this was the Delta IV rocket Launch that had been scheduled at 5:44 p.m. but it had been cancelled due to a hydrogen leak. News organizations and scientists scrambled to explain what had happened.

According to a National Weather Service in the Bay Area tweet (which the Eureka office retweeted) at 6:50 p.m., “Still not 100% certain, but evidence is growing the object seen was a meteor. A meteor can create a very high level cloud called a noctilucent cloud. @NASA has a great webpage explaining the cloud formation. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/aim/news/meteor-smoke.html”
Editor’s note: This report first appeared on kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.
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