Meteor is the cause of mysterious light, SF Bay Area, observatory says

A mysterious light that appeared in the beginning of the evening air over the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday.
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A mysterious light with a spinning, smoking tail appeared in the early evening sky above the Bay of San Francisco, on Wednesday, but the local astronomers had a scientific explanation.

It was a meteor, according to the University of California’s Lick Observatory, near San Jose.

“A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset tonight, making a clear path that was visible for many minutes in the western sky,” the observatory wrote on Facebook.


The first reports of the meteor sighting came in around 5:30 pm, the Bay Area, FOX 2 reported.

Twitter exploded with photos and comments about the glowing phenomenon.

“@NASA a white blaze in the sky what is dis? Maybe is it a plane?” user Jose Armando Solis tweeted.

Jeremy Thomas said that the light “the light went on green for a few seconds as it fell, and seemed to split,” before adding that “something fell from the sky.”

The National Weather Service office in the Bay Area said: “we saw it here at the office.”

“Anyone else see this interesting cloud feature?” the NWS tweeted.

Some people joked it was the santa Claus on his sleigh, Berkeleyside reported.

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