Whatever floats your boat...
Walking my dogs early last evening, I saw what at first looked like a helicopter with a search light, except that it was so very high in the sky its beam was nowhere near touching anything at ground level. The "beam" began to wobble a bit, then it traveled for quite a way in a straight, direct line in a northerly direction. It began to glow whiter and larger and then a cone of light began to trail behind it.
Cool, I thought, a comet! But if it was, this was the largest comet I've ever seen in my life. The cone of light became larger and then a trail of light began to extend from the cone, like a horizontal mushroom cloud. Now I was just plain scared. I was expecting a shock wave and I thought about running for cover, but what kind of cover? I just stood there transfixed. It began to look like a huge arrow of light in the sky.
The cone got larger and wider as the tip got brighter. Then the tip seemed to fizzle out like a cinder in the wind. Okay, I thought. It was just the hugest-ass meteorite I've ever seen, that's all. November is the month for meteor showers and I was blessed to see it.
Except that the dying ember fizzled back to life again and changed direction.
It wasn't a UFO for very long. By this morning, CBS Los Angeles had reported that it came from a scheduled Trident SLBM missile test, fired from a submarine near Point Mugu. But during that time when I didn't know what in the hell I saw, I was relieved that people all over the Bay Area saw it too. In fact, it was seen from all over California and as far east as Arizona and Nevada. The weird thing is that if you go to YouTube today and watch the dozens of videos people captured with their phones, most of them comment on how close it looks, even though we witnesses were hundreds of miles apart. To me, it looked so close I feared the cone-mist would descend on my neighborhood in a dust cloud.
Oh by the way, the X-Files miniseries revival is going to air in January.
This is Julien Solomita's video from YouTube: