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Meteor is cause of mysterious light over SF Bay Area, observatory says
Bright Object Seen in Northern California Sky A bright falling object seen in the sky of northern California on Wednesday, December 19, puzzled many people. People shared photos and videos of the object on social media, wondering what it was and tagging NASA in their posts. Many pointed out it wouldn’t be a rocket because the scheduled launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket in Southern California on Wednesday evening had been canceled. The National Weather Service (NWS) Bay Area tweeted a photo of the light and gave their two cents. “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 [night-shining] cloud,” they wrote, adding a link to an article about this type of cloud formation published on NASA’s website. The Lick Observatory in San Jose, however, was more certain: “A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset,” they wrote on Facebook.