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UFO over northern California leaves witnesses, experts perplexed

A UFO appeared in the skies above northern California in the early morning of Friday, September 12.

At least thirty witnesses in the bay area watched the strange object streak across the sky at approximately 6:00 a.m. Some describe the object as a white light, while others say it was orange. But the light was seen with “fog or smoke billowing out” behind it. Among the witnesses is a police officer from Sacramento.

Witness photo of the UFO over northern California. (Credit: Claycord.com)
Witness photo of the UFO over northern California. (Credit: Claycord.com)

KPIX, San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, spoke with Bing Quock of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences to ask him about the UFO. “Looking at the website of the American Meteor Society, it looks like there are several reports of a large bright object falling through the sky,” he explains. “It’s rather unusual in that this one had a rather large tail following behind it,” Quock points out.

The station also checked with Gerald McKeegan of the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. “We’re thinking maybe it was either a piece of space junk that has fallen out of orbit and into our atmosphere or it might have been some kind of a missile test launch,” he suggests. But when KPIX checked with Vandenberg Air Force Base, base representatives informed the station that there were no launches that morning.

One witness explained,

This morning when I was leaving for work, before I got into my car I noticed that there was some type of object in the air with a type of floodlight on, and white fog/smoke was billowing out of it – as if something was being sprayed into the air. I tried to take a photo with my iPhone but it didn’t come out . . . Could this be fogging for mosquitoes? I was a bit concerned because the object was clearly spraying some substance into the air . . . with the floodlight on. Then the light went off, and I couldn’t see or hear the sounds from a plane or anything, it was very strange.

But local daily news website Claycord.com explains that mosquito fogging in that area is done by truck, not by aircraft. Further, no mosquito fogging was planned for the day in question. Additionally, the fact that the UFO was seen by witnesses in other states including Nevada and Oregon rules out this possible explanation.

The strange object that streaked across the sky remains unidentified.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Looks like a pretty standard rocket launch, so when you get basics such as azimuth/elevation, angular size and duration, etc., please share. The usual suspects seem to have alibis this time, let’s see what other players were active in this area at this time. As always, it’s important to thank the witnesses for documenting their perceptions.

  2. I saw this same object on Tuesday Sept 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm and captured photos. It went in a vertical line about 3x to 4x’s flashed on and off 5x’s ( I saw that about 3x”s) then after about 3-5mins it disappeared. I saw it in the north sky I’m located in northern California. I was on my walk for the eve.
    It appeared to me as a bright white light. I saw it clearly but was panicked so I couldn’t get the video on my cell. I was on the phone with a girlfriend and was screaming to her about it. It was up there for a awful long time.

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