What with social media being a thing now, it's probably time to start give California a heads up when you're going to fire a giant rocket over it.
A Navy spokesman told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the luminous object was an unarmed Trident missile that was test-fired from a submarine off the coast of Southern California.
Cmdr. Ryan Perry, of the Navy's Third Fleet, said the Trident II (D5) was launched as scheduled by an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine in the Pacific Test Range, the Union-Tribune reported.
"Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities," Perry said in a statement released to the newspaper.