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Mysterious light in the sky solved

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STATEWIDE (WIS) - We've received lots of phone calls and e-mails from all over South Carolina about "a comet-like UFO object" that appeared in the sky around 6:55pm, directly overhead.

First it showed up as a bright, fuzzy ball. Then, viewers tell us, as an elongated gaseous trail - like a comet tail - as the "cloud" crossed the night sky, over a period of several minutes.

Bright flashes were observed near the "head" of the comet-like object by folks with telescopes.

It turns out it was a brand new satellite, launched Monday evening by NASA at Cape Canaveral onboard an "ATLAS 5 ROCKET." What viewers saw was the dumping of excess rocket fuel in orbit. It was carrying a "classified national security satellite."

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Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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