The sky often reveals mysterious occurrences to the inhabitants of the Earth, leaving them perplexed. Such an event happened recently: a peculiar light glowing blue was observed in the skies of California. What was its source, wondered everyone.
The blue light that left the people bewildered was, in fact, a Trident II (D5) missile launched by the US Navy. Disappointed that it was not the result of aliens’ efforts to contact us?!
The missile – which was unarmed – was launched from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine situated off the coast of Southern California in the Pacific Test Range.
The test, though scheduled in advance, was not announced officially to the public beforehand, and thus the people were clueless.
Commenting on the nature of the launch test, Ryan Perry from the Navy’s Third Fleet said:
“The test was part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.”
The Navy routinely performs such tests to evaluate their missiles from submarines or other ships.
Before the authorities informed the public of the explanation, speculations about the origin of the light flooded the area. While some might have thought the light came from UFOs, some thought it might be part of the annual Taurid meteor. However, experts quickly dismissed the latter theory.
“The Taurid meteors would be coming from the east — and this light came from the west. We’d also be more likely to see meteors about midnight, and the flash came near sunset,” said Brian Keating, an astrophysicist at UC San Diego, in a statement.