The inhabitants of San Francisco Bay, California, witnessed a unique astronomical phenomenon, a light illuminating the sky
Regeneration, November 22, 2018.A mysterious flash appeared on Wednesday night over the sky in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. The bright, twisted, smoky cloud for local astronomers had a scientific explanation.
It was a meteor, according to the Lick Observatory of the University of California, near San Jose.
"A meteor was visible in the sky over the bay area shortly after sunset tonight, leaving a bright trail that was visible for many minutes in the sky," the observatory wrote.
The initial reports of the sighting of the phenomenon were from 5:30 pm local time, informed the channel FOX 2 of the Bay Area.
The trajectory of the object went from the northeast to the southwest and ended its flight somewhere in the Pacific Ocean in the San Francisco Bay.
Twitter users reacted and shared photos, videos and comments about the strange cloud shining:
"@NASA a brilliant flash, what is this? Maybe an airplane?" User Tweeted José Armando Solís.
Many confused this phenomenon with the trail of a Delta IV rocket intended to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, but the launch was suspended 10 minutes ahead of schedule.
Jeremy Thomas said that the light "glowed bright green for a few seconds as it fell and seemed to separate," "something fell from the sky."
"It was brighter than a normal cloud, especially at this time of night," a witness said.
Griffith Observatory Director Dr. Edwin Krupp confirmed that visible light was a meteor that entered Earth's atmosphere. Krupp said the meteor could fit in one hand, and what people saw was the compressed air that surrounded it.
– Jose Armando Solis (@ jose_solis09) December 20, 2018
Something fell from the sky. pic.twitter.com/OdNOSlKdu7
– Jeremy Thomas (@ jeremythomas33) December 20, 2018
– Brian Huck (@Brian_C_Huck) December 20, 2018
Still not 100% certain, but the evidence is growing, the object seen was a meteor. A meteor can create a high-level cloud called the noctilucent cloud. @NASA you have a great web page explaining the formation of clouds. https://t.co/eDquECamLl #cawx
– NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) December 20, 2018
I saw it too … Right behind Mount Tam. pic.twitter.com/qMgd5dvQnx
– TWilson (@DaysleaperTommy) December 20, 2018
– Baraka (@BarakaBurks) December 20, 2018
Sorry for the sound of the defroster, the wtf was that, Meteor? Rocket pic.twitter.com/zNR4h5cPgP
– Richard (@Richifornia) December 20, 2018