RELATED: NASA scientist with SETI institute answers questions about meteor seen in California sky
It wasn't a planned rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara -- that was scrubbed. A planned Space X launch also didn't take off.
VIDEO: Mysterious light seen in Bay Area sky
So what could it have been?
According to scientists at Lick Observatory, it was a bright meteor.
The director of the Griffith Observatory in Southern California also confirmed that it was a bolide meteor, which was reportedly small enough to fit in your hand. But what people saw was the compressed air around it, which gave it its mysterious appearance.
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PHOTOS: Bay Area residents share photos of mysterious light in sky