The unusual beam of light flashed across the California sky on Saturday night.
Unusual bright light was spotted across the California sky on Saturday night. The mysterious beam of light brought mixed reactions of fear, anger and joy in people. They were unsure what exactly caused the light flash across the sky.
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Was it a UFO? A comet or a fireball of the Taurid meteor shower? But it was simpler than that. It turned out to be just an unarmed ballistic missile test, which was fired from a submarine near town Point Mugu on the coast of Southern California. It was a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test.
“The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evolution test,” Pentagon spokesman said in a statement. “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 prior to the launch."
The test covers the massive area across southern California and this range is sometimes utilized by Navy for testing Tomahawk and Cruise missiles.
Social media was abuzz with people posting videos and photographs of this strange light. Many who suspected it was a Taurid meteor shower were very close in guessing because this event also took place this week. However Brian Keating, an astrophysicist from San Diego dismissed the idea that this unusual bright light was the Taurid meteor shower.
“The Taurid meteors would be coming from the east — and this light came from the west,” Keating said. “We'd also be more likely to see meteors about midnight, and the flash came near sunset.”
The missile test will continue till November 12.
Source: San Diago Union Tribune