SEE IT: Mysterious streaks of light seen in the sky over California

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Mysterious streaks of light were seen in the sky in the Sacramento area Friday night, shocking St. Patrick’s Day revelers who then posted videos on social media of the surprising sight.

Jaime Hernandez was at the King Cong Brewing Company in Sacramento for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration when some among the group noticed the lights. Hernandez quickly began filming. It was over in about 40 seconds, he said Saturday.

The brewery owner posted Hernandez’s video to Instagram, asking if anyone could solve the mystery.

“Mainly, we were in shock, but amazed that we got to witness it,” Hernandez said in an email. “None of us had ever seen anything like it.”

But according to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the streaks of light were from burning space debris.

In an interview with The Associated Press, McDowell Said he’s 99.9% confident in his assessment.

The astronomer explained that a Japanese communications package that became obsolete in 2017 was jettisoned from the space station in 2020 as it was taking up too much space. It was determined that the equipment would burn up completely upon reentry, McDowell said.

It was this equipment that became the flaming bits of wreckage which was seen as a “spectacular light show in the sky,” McDowell said, estimating that the debris was about 40 miles high and traveling at thousands of miles per hour.

According to information from the U.S. Space Force, the timing of the system’s re-entry path over California was consistent with what people saw in the sky, McDowell added.

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