Mysterious fireball was Russian space rocket

Posted at 10:45 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 08:28:50-05

A fireball spotted streaking across the night skies above some western states on Tuesday turned out to be a Russian space rocket that was re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

The mysterious object was photographed by people in Arizona, California and Nevada early Tuesday evening.

According to NBC News, a U.S. defense official said the debris was being tracked and it entered the atmosphere somewhere over Arizona at about 9:08 p.m. Eastern. The rocket was reportedly launched on Monday.

 See some of the initial social media posts about the fireball below.



Thanks Walter Castro for sending us your video of that streak that was seen in Kern County tonight. Keep them coming, send us your videos and photos here and on news@kero.com.

Posted by 23ABC Bakersfield on Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Another video of the streak seen from the sky tonight. Send us your videos and photos here, on Twitter and on turnto23.com

Posted by 23ABC Bakersfield on Tuesday, December 22, 2015