By James Rogers, ,
Published September 25, 2017
The mysterious object in the sky above Los Angles on Saturday night has been identified.
Video of the object soon appeared on Twitter. “Did anyone else in #losangeles see this in the sky tonight around 11pm!? @GriffithObserv what was it? Cool, yet scary! #comet #asteroid #ufo,” asked Twitter user @reelhopelavelle.
The object, however, was quickly explained. “Oooh okay! #MysterySolved it was a #rocket from #vandenberg air force base! Neat!,” @reelhopelavelle tweeted.
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket took off from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-3 at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. “Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security,” explained United Launch Alliance, in a press release.
Space.com reports that the rocket was carrying a secret spy satellite.
The launch was ULA’s sixth in 2017. The company’s next launch is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The mission, which is also for the National Reconnaissance Office, is designated NROL-52.
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