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NASA says mysterious light in the sky Wednesday was a meteor

Posted at 4:11 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 23:18:27-05

NASA confirms that a mysterious object seen in the California sky late Wednesday was a meteor.

The bright light in the sky had everyone speculating what it could have been. The space agency said the meteor went down in the ocean.

Dr. David Reitzel with the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles also said he believes it was a bolide, an extremely bright type of meteor, which would also explain the trail in the sky that was illuminated by the remaining sunlight.

The meteor was at a high altitude, which was why there were reports of it being seen up and down the coast and even in Nevada.

Officials with the United States Air Force at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado said they investigated the reports and determined there was “no threat to Canada and the United States at this time.”

Mysterious light seen over North Fork in Madera County (Photo Courtesy: Stan and Carol Eggink)