Mysterious Light in the Sky Gets Answered
A mysterious light was visible in the sky last night from 7pm – 7:12pm MST. People spotted the green and blue colored streak of bright light through the sky in parts of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Mexico, Colorado and all over California. Shwaa Lectar said on Twitter “I saw it from Honolulu!! “. Many speculations flew across social media all night long believing to be a part of the Taurid meteor shower, but astrophysicist reported the meteors would be coming from the east at about midnight.
Orange County Sheriff Offices tweeted out just after the event “Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast. No further details.”
Main Photo Credit: Shelby Sorensen of Enterprise captured this photo in Barstow California
According to news sources the spectacle was the result of a scheduled Trident II missile test in the Pacific Test Range off the Southern California coast. The unarmed missile was fired from the USS Kentucky, a ballistic submarine.
Cmdr. Ryan Perry from the Third Fleet of the Navy released this official statement:
“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.
The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch.”
The Trident missiles can travel over 8,000 miles and that would explain the many reports coming in from various areas. Dwight Peacock of Enterprise said “Happened many times before.. Some launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base can be seen from Enterprise.”
The video below was shot by Pierson Fodé (Mute if desired for strong language)
Video below was from a similar light in the sky from the Launch of Atlas 5, on September 2, 2015 over Miami Airspace. This video was shot by Modesto Figueroa