Social media lit up on Saturday night with reports of streaking lights across the skies from California to Arizona, but the phenomenon turned out to be a US Navy missile test flight launched off the southern California coast, the Pentagon said.
Rocket or UFO? Just saw this from my boat in Oxnard pic.twitter.com/ZG6MnVzDO2— Chris Doohan (@ChrisDoohan) November 8, 2015
Please tell me other people saw the UFO/ comet pic.twitter.com/prjdKXa614— 'ℓуѕє❀ (@Elysenoelle9) November 8, 2015
Users of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook posted photos, comments and video of the lights, wondering whether they might have come from everything from a meteor to a UFO.
California coast. DID. ANYONE. ELSE. JUST. SEE. THAT. #ufo— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 8, 2015
apparently a UFO just passed over San Diego. Let's hope it's travelling to New York and can abduct Donald Trump at the SNL taping.— k(la) (@alltookayla) November 8, 2015
This didn't look like something burning up it was pure white light. Honestly thought it was a helo spotlight at first shining through clouds— c. strm (@chrsstrm) November 8, 2015
Khloe and I are freaking out right now over this UFO situation— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) November 8, 2015
That was NO meteor. It stopped mid flight and started glowing, then left a blue-green trail. #UFO— Kadi Prescott (@KadiPrescott) November 8, 2015
So was that thing an Asteroid? Ufo? Comet? does anyone know?😂— Carter (@carternelson13) November 8, 2015
A Pentagon public affairs spokesman said a US Navy Strategic Systems Programs Trident II (D5) missile test flight was conducted at sea from the USS Kentucky, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.
#OCSDPIO: Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast. No further details.— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) November 8, 2015
Edwards Air Force Base tells us the light in the sky did not orignate from them. Updates to follow— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 8, 2015
Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted plannedTrident missile test flight off coast of Southern California, Navy spokesman says.— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 8, 2015
The tests of the unarmed missile were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test, according to the spokesman, Commander Ryan Perry.
Such launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system, Perry said, as well as to provide systems information and assurances of their capabilities.
Because information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified prior to the launch, such missile testing is not routinely announced, he noted.