Dr. Ryan Orosco, a clinical instructor in otolaryngology at Stanford Health Care posted on Twitter his quick view of the light in Palo Alto early Tuesday morning.
A bright light traveling across the dark sky Tuesday morning was one of two missile tests conducted by the U.S. Navy over the Pacific Ocean, a Navy official said.
Our Coachella Valley viewer that captured video of the unusual light was in Cathedral City at the time.
Two missiles were fired by the U.S. Navy from an OH class submarine out in the Pacific test range, according to information obtained by ABC 7.
"It is a three-stage, solid-fueled submarine-launched intercontinental-range ballistic missile with a range of almost 8,000 miles". A Navy spokesman said the tests were safe.
Dustyn Sousa sent in video, showing the light moving in the sky around 6:20 a.m. He said the missiles fly over water, and not over inhabited areas.
These types of missiles are used for general defense and have a range of up to 4,000 miles. The spokesperson did say the test had bene planned for years, but did not specify how many. It was unclear how far off the coast the test was done because the Navy did not disclose that information.