UFO Sightings in LA, Clarified by the US Navy
The UFO sighting in some big cities in California trended in social media. There were videos taken of a mysterious light in the sky which was visible in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Some social media users attributed the sighting to aliens, while some said it was Donald Trump’s. On the other hand, other people speculated that it was Taurid meteor shower caused by Encke Comet. However, as it turns out, the US Navy was responsible for the mystery light.
The US Navy confirmed that they have fired an unarmed missile from their submarine off the coast of Southern California last Saturday. This created a streak of bright light that was visible in California, and even in Arizona and Nevada.
The public’s lack of information on the streak of light has resulted to hundreds of calls to law enforcement agencies. It even trended in social media as people had posted many photos and videos of the “celestial event”. Most people thought that the light was due to a UFO sighting.
Among the witnesses, Julien Slomita, happened to be taking a video when he and his group saw something strange in the sky…”It was very wild watching this in the sky. I can’t really say what I thought it was because I’ve never experienced anything remotely close to it,” he wrote in an email.
Kevin Stack who thought the intense light was from a police helicopter said, “It intensified then shot across the dark sky, leaving a green tail. Then it fizzled and appeared like a dying dot on an old television screen.”
According to Commander Ryan Perry of the US Navy’s third fleet, naval test fires are a common occurrence because the military needs to make sure that their system is fully functional and reliable.
Commander Perry said in a statement, “Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.
“Navy periodically sues the range to test fire Tomahawk and Standard cruise from surface ships and submarines,” he added.
According to meteorologists, the Taurid meteor shower is expected to cause bright fireballs from the 5th of November to the 12th of November. Its visibility is said to be great in Southern California.
However, Brian Keating, an astrophysicist at UC San Diego, dismissed the idea that the Taurid meteor shower could cause the sky to light up.