A mysterious light streaking across the night sky captivated people in parts of California, Utah and Nevada on Wednesday night, fueling their imaginations with possible UFOs, a meteor or even a plane crash.
But it turned out to be none of those things as the National Weather Service confirmed that it was in fact not a meteor but a piece of space junk. Further analysis confirmed it as the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket launched June 25 from China.
Nonetheless, it was one amazing sight as particles from the object seemed to break apart and streak across the sky like fireworks. Video of the spectacle spread across social media with analysts scrambling Wednesday night to issue an explanation.
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Correction, the object in question was not a meteor but rather a piece of “space junk.” https://t.co/iJkQtddAG6
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 28, 2016
Observation reports from Utah indicate the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched Jun 25, reentered at 0440 UTC
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) July 28, 2016
— ValleyFireScan (@ValleyFireScan) July 28, 2016