Meteor seen across the state on Wednesday night

A Delta Heavy IV rocket sits on the launch pad of Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 19 2018

A bright falling object seen in the sky of northern California on Wednesday, December 19, puzzled many people.

Twitter user Joel Angel Juárez wrote, "Woah just spotted a huge white streak in the air looking southwest of San Francisco". The National Weather Service Bay Area referred to it as a "cloud feature" and said they saw it from their office. A meteor can create a very high level cloud called a noctilucent cloud.

The rocket had been scheduled to launch at 5:44 p.m. from the military base in Santa Barbara County.

There was speculation that the cloud-like formations seen Wednesday were also related to a rocket launch at Vandenberg.

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"We are proud to launch this critical payload in support of our nation's national security mission", Gary Wentz, vice president of government and commercial programs at ULA, said in a news release.

Fingers are crossed this attempt won't be scrubbed and the launch will light up the Southern California skies once again.

The three-booster Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the satellite was built by United Launch Alliance, a conglomerate of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

The next launch window starts at 5:31 p.m. Thursday.

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