Friday, 18 January, 2019

Mysterious Light in the Sky and Smoke Trail Likely a Meteor

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
Theresa Hayes | 20 December, 2018, 20:26

They could not confirm if it was connected to the scrubbed rocket launch but said there is "no threat to the homeland". "We will set up for a 24 hour recycle and the next launch attempt will be [Thursday] at 5:31p.m. PST", the aerospace company said in a tweet.

The launch also was scrubbed Tuesday because of high winds and on December 7 and December 8 because of technical problems.

Southern Californians missed out on another colorful display in the sky Wednesday when a Delta IV rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base was again cancelled minutes before liftoff. An operational problem had caused a delay in the launch one day prior to that.

However, United Launch Alliance, a launch service provider for national security missions, announced the launch had been scrubbed because of "indications of booster complications". ULA has launched 27 payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office over the past 12 years. KCAL9's Evelyn Taft reports the light is believed to have been ice crystals that formed when a meteor hit the Earth's atmosphere.

A mysterious light trail in the sky was spotted across California around the same time of the scheduled launch Wednesday night.