Meteor seen across the state on Wednesday night

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A bright, strange-looking light streaked across Northern California on Wednesday night, its appearance coinciding with a scrapped rocket launch and leaving the Twitterverse asking, "So, what's that in the sky?"

A considerable amount of eyes were already on the sky anticipating the Delta IV rocket launch from Vandenberg, Calif.

People shared photos and videos of the object on social media, wondering what it was and tagging NASA in their posts.

Several of this week's planned rocket launches ended up being hit with last-second aborts and delays, but that didn't stop Mother Nature from giving California residents a reason to stare skyward anyway.




The rocket was scheduled to blast-off from Space Launch Complex 6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 8:44 p.m. EST, 5:44 p.m. local time.

However, United Launch Alliance, a launch service provider for national security missions, announced the launch had been scrubbed because of "indications of booster complications". The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday, the company reported.

The National Weather Service (NWS) suspects it might have been a meteor. The meteor was caught on dash cams, quickly falling, nearly vertically, and leaving behind a bright trail, which shone high in the sky. "But very likely just a bright meteor".

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