SAN DIEGO -- People across Southern California reported seeing an unexplained bright light streak across the sky Wednesday night.
Users on social media also reported seeing the light as far as Utah and Nevada.
from Tahoe pic.twitter.com/EnhnVf8hx8
— Casey Hanley (@CaseyHanley) July 28, 2016
Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts tweeted that the fireball was debris from a Chinese rocket launched June 25.
Satview, which tracks satellites, estimates the “space junk” from China’s CZ-7 R/B rocket reentered the atmosphere early Thursday morning.
The rocket was part of a “technology demonstration mission” launched from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan, China, according to Utah NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins.
#Meteor over western US almost definitely human space debris like a rocket booster or the like. Slow moving and broke apart.
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) July 28, 2016
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