Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch From Vandenberg AFB Scrubbed For 4th Time

Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch From Vandenberg AFB Scrubbed For 4th Time

No, the unusual bright streak that appeared above Northern California at around 5:34 p.m. tonight, turned out to be a large meteor, crashing into the Earth's atmosphere and lighting up the sky.

The phenomenon was spotted over the Lake Tahoe area, the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area about 5:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service says the light may be a meteor. "A meteor can create a very high level cloud called a noctilucent [night-shining] cloud", they wrote, adding a link to an article about this type of cloud formation published on NASA's website.

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

"We have declared a scrub for today's launch of the #DeltaIVHeavy".

There were three rocket launches scheduled for Wednesday but all of those launches were scheduled to launch outside of California.

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The Delta IV Rocket launch which was scrubbed was to be launched by United Launch Alliance (ULA) a joint-venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing - they may attempt the launch again tomorrow evening. The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday, the company reported.

Many in California are used to seeing odd bursts of light following SpaceX rocket launches but that does not appear to be the case this time.

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