Hundreds of Shasta County locals saw strange lights over the Northstate on Friday night.
KRCR's Chief Photographer Adam McAllister was in Redding, Calif.
when he witnessed the lights in the sky at around 9:30 p.m. He managed to capture the moment on camera.
However, the mysterious lights have a somewhat simple explanation
Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics says
The lights are from the Japanese Inter-orbit Communications System Exposed Facility
which sends data between the ISS Kibo module and Mission Control Tsukuba via the Kodama data relay satellite.
After three years as space junk, McDowell says it reentered over California at 9:30 p.m.
The rubble burned from Eureka to Sacramento.