UFO, meteor, military? Celestial object over California turns out to be Trident missile (VIDEO)
Social media went bananas when a large bright comet-shaped object with a blue-green-white tail streaked over Los Angeles and San Diego, sparking heated debate as to its origins. Sadly, again – no aliens, just a submarine missile.
Comet-shaped object over LA
UFO, meteor? No aliens, just a 'sneaky' submarine missile launch.Posted by RT Play on 10 ноября 2015 г.
The US Navy has confirmed that the mysterious “meteor” was a scheduled Trident II ballistic missile test flight. Cmdr. Ryan Perry of the Navy’s Third Fleet said in a statement that the rocket was launched from the Kentucky Ohio-class submarine in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.
RT @5awaga: Either just saw a #ufo or an incredible #meteor over #LApic.twitter.com/ZHkvVtERJ1— UFO Community (@UFOcommunity) November 8, 2015
The test range in question is a large area off Point Mugu, Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. The Navy does not usually issue warnings or disclose the nature of their activities ahead of such tests, the spokesman said.
This has been confirmed as a test of a Trident SLBM from a US NAVY submarine off Point Magu, near Vandenberg AFB. pic.twitter.com/wltema1tc3— SpaceShuttleAlmanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) November 8, 2015
There was, however, a forced diversion of nighttime flights from Los Angeles Airport – the second-busiest in the US – due to unspecified “activated airspace” in the area, Reuters reported.
Initial media reports did suggest that the object was in fact of earthly origin. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that “Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA [John Wayne Airport] tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast. No further details.”
@KTLAMorningNews what is going on a UFO , a comet ?? Did anyone else see this ?? pic.twitter.com/ToDw3QYaOV— ☯ ☯ ☯ ☯ (@sav_hilde) November 8, 2015
Furthermore, Los Angeles County Lost Hills Station issued a traffic alert saying that “lights and lasers can be seen from beach and coastline” due to “military exercises off of Catalina Island.”
There is “no need to call 911,” the message said.
Starting to give up hope that this was the pfunk mothership come to save humanity from itself. #UFOpic.twitter.com/Lcc1cdrf9S— Matt Wall of Sleep (@oldmanwall) November 8, 2015
This didn’t stop experts from suggesting that the object might have been a comet or a meteor. An astronomer at Griffith Observatory told local broadcaster ABC7 that the phenomenon could be considered “normal” – and could be a “comet” passing as a precursor to the Taurid meteor shower, which is peaking this week.
The alerts were also all too late for the majority of observers, whose reaction, captured on dozens and dozens of devices, ranged from surprise and amusement to sheer terror.
“Oh my God! It looks like a UFO! What is going on?!” cried a frightened female observer in a clip posted by @sav_hilde on Twitter.
Great photo, @martucci. With an upward trajectory, did the #LA#UFO break the sound barrier? pic.twitter.com/6GMBqn6bS2— Lance A Schart (@LanceASchart) November 8, 2015
“It look like a planet opening up the sky or some… this is like zombie apocalypse,” commented a man in a video published on YouTube channel Jet 2.
While another witness was quick to nail the nature of the event saying “This is Donald Trump!”
ufo sighting and snl hosted by donald trump on the same day??? that isn't a coincidence wake up america!!— heydi (@obriensnjh) November 8, 2015
@realDonaldTrump is not happy about this #UFO sighting! #DonaldTrump#Aliens#Meteor in Southern California pic.twitter.com/ECOboU3i3L— Alex Aguilar (@Team_Aguilar) November 8, 2015
Zoomed in evidence of the #LAUFO. Shocking. pic.twitter.com/1oSSMO0rzY— Nick Wan (@nickwan) November 8, 2015
Watch the longest video of the ‘LA UFO’ taken by Julien Solomita: