There was a strange light in the sky early Friday, and enlightened folks were in the dark about it.
Social media lit up about 6 a.m. with several reports of a streak of light traveling across the heavens.
Bob Benjamin, a National Weather Service forecaster, said he had no idea what it could be.
“It’s a rarity up here, but it could be the sun,” Benjamin said brightly.
Turning serious, Benjamin said, “There’s, as far as I know, no meteorological phenomena associated with that.”
So for now, it’s up to Twitterdom to speculate as to what that light was. A meteorite? A rocket launch? Contrails from a high-flying plane? Proof of extraterrestrial life?
“We don’t have confirmation as to what it is just yet,” said Autumn King, a spokeswoman for the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland.
“It may be space junk, it may be a meteor, but we have no confirmation yet,” King said. “We’re just kind of going off what we’re getting from viewers and e-mail and video.”
Whatever the object, the sighting is inalienable proof that heads will continue to crane skyward in hopes of another glimpse.