Shortly after sunset on Saturday, a mysterious object seen overhead sparked widespread confusion and speculation. Was it a meteor, rocket, or, perhaps, an alien spacecraft?
By late Saturday, it was confirmed to be a multi-stage missile test from a US Navy submarine.
The US Military confirmed it was a UGM-133A Trident II, or Trident D5 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile, built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, and deployed with the US and Royal Navies. It was first deployed in March 1990, and is still in service.
The Trident II Strategic Weapons System is an improvedSubmarine Launched Ballistic Missile with greater accuracy, payload, and range than the Trident C-4, strengthening U.S. strategic deterrence. The Trident II is considered to be a durable sea-based system capable of engaging many targets. It enhances the U.S. position in strategic arms negotiation with performance and payload flexibility that can accommodate active treaty initiatives (See New START). The TRIDENT II’s increased payload allows nuclear deterrence to be accomplished with fewer submarines.
Trident II missiles are carried by 14 US Ohio and 4 British Vanguard-class submarines, with 24 missiles on each Ohio class and 16 missiles on each Vanguardclass. USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) was the first submarine to be armed with Trident IIs, and there have been 150 successful test flights of the D5 missile since 1989, the most recent being from the USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) in November 2015.
In July of 2010, A Chinese airport was closed after this mysterious object was spotted in the sky.
Arcing over Zhejiang’s provincial capital Hangzhou, the UFO appeared to glow with an eerie white light and left a bright trail in its wake.
Later it was confirmed to be a chinese long ranged balistic missile test.
In recent days Iran has also stepped up its long ranged missile tests as well as Russia.
The bigger picture may not be of an extraterrestrial origin, but precurser or warning sign of the next world war.