SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — People from across the West Coast are reporting seeing a mysterious bright light flying across the sky Tuesday night, according to KTLA.
The U.S. Strategic Command has confirmed it was a Russian rocket body that had fallen from the sky.
U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn has issued a statement on the light in the sky:
“U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space), through the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), removed a Russian SL-4 rocket body from the U.S. satellite catalog as a decayed object after it reentered the atmosphere today over North America (vicinity Arizona) at approximately 1908 MST. In addition to this object, the JSpOC tracks 16,000 other on-orbit cataloged objects, which are listed in USSTRATCOM’s Satellite Catalog and the publicly-available website www.Space-Track.org. That service is a key element of our commitment to provide space situational awareness for spaceflight safety. The effects of the atmosphere on reentering objects preclude the JSpOC from accurately tracking any reentries after initial contact with the atmosphere occurs. Additional questions about the rocket body should be directed to Russian authorities, particularly Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency).”
A Griffith Observatory spokesman previously told KTLA the object was a “bright meteor.”
People were taking to social media to post what they are seeing. A bright light appears to be moving across the sky.
Back on Nov. 7, the Navy fired an unarmed missile from a submarine off the coast of Southern California on Saturday, creating a bright light that streaked across the state and was visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.