ULA scrubs spy satellite launch for 4th time

Lick Observatory's James Lick telescope

Lick Observatory's James Lick telescope

Late Wednesday night some truly freaky streaks appeared in the sky over the Bay Area, prompting countless witnesses to tweet their own sightings while asking just what the heck it was.

A Delta IV Heavy Rocket had been scheduled for launch at roughly the same time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, and many people across the state were gazing into the evening sky in hopes of seeing this manmade light show.

Twitter user Joel Angel Juárez wrote, "Woah just spotted a huge white streak in the air looking southwest of San Francisco".

The National Weather Service Reno said that according to reports, it appears that the light was likely a meteor or space debris entering the atmosphere.

"A meteor can create a very high level cloud called a noctilucent cloud", the weather service said.

The launch of a spy satellite from a Central California coastal base has been scrubbed for the fourth time in two weeks.

The three-booster Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the satellite was built by United Launch Alliance, a conglomerate of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

Several of this week's planned rocket launches ended up being hit with last-second aborts and delays, but that didn't stop Mother Nature from giving California residents a reason to stare skyward anyway. The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday, the company reported.

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