Re object over Alabama

From: William Harwood (
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 17:45:32 EST

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    I saw the "object" from the Chiefland, Fla., winter star party. We 
    believe it was a barium release from a sounding rocket launched from 
    Eglin AFB in the Florida panhandle. It had that distinctly greenish 
    glow that I've seen before from similar releases. It was much 
    brighter visually than it was through binoculars. Initially the size 
    of a full moon, it quickly expanded and dissipated completely in 
    about 10 minutes or so.
    Interestingly, there was a spectacular fireball about 45 minutes 
    earlier, moving from northwest to southeast. The thing broke up into 
    a half-dozen visible fragments before disappearing. One of the most 
    spectacular I've ever seen.
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