Unusual Light Streak and Contrail Over Phoenix Caused by Rocket Launch

There has been a recent surge in calls to the FOX 10 Studios in Phoenix regarding a streak of light and contrail seen over the city and the Grand Canyon. Similar sightings were reported in the Los Angeles area as well. Our cameras on South Mountain captured the phenomenon during the evening hours.

After further investigation, it was revealed that the sight was caused by a rocket launch from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. According to Firefly Aerospace’s website, the launch was part of a ‘responsive space mission’ called VICTUS NOX. The objective of this program is to demonstrate the United States’ ability to quickly and effectively respond to on-orbit needs during a conflict or in response to a national security threat.

The rocket launch on September 14th emitted a column of smoke contrails and illuminated the sky, creating the unusual streak of light seen over Phoenix. This incident highlights the advanced technology and capabilities of the United States in the field of space exploration and national security.

It is important for the public to be aware of such occurrences to prevent unnecessary panic or confusion. By understanding the causes behind these unusual lights and contrails, people can be reassured that there is no immediate threat or danger associated with them.

– Firefly Aerospace website (www.firefly.com)
– Vandenberg Space Force Base (no specific URL provided)