A mysterious streak of light stunned Californians as it made its way across the night sky Wednesday. Many people, dumbfounded by what they were witnessing, captured the event on their phones, and posted it to twitter. Take a look, it’s pretty crazy! Many could not help but question if they were witnessing some kind of extraterrestrial life. The streak of light was reportedly witnessed in Nevada, Utah and California.
— Matt Holt (@mholt6) July 28, 2016
— Connor Johnson (@24cdawg) July 28, 2016
— Alex Sanders (@alexsanders37) July 28, 2016
— sherylrockin (@sherylrockin) July 28, 2016
Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told The Los Angeles Times that the streak of light could be debris from a Chinese rocket launched in June.
The rocket stage reentering over the western US tonight was from the first launch of the CZ-7, one of China’s new generation of rockets
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) July 28, 2016
McDowell estimates that it reentered the earth’s atmosphere and was probably 50 miles away and traveling at about 18,000 MPH.
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