FW: A Barium Cloud Sighting (?)

From: Chris Peat (chris.peat@dlr.de)
Date: Mon Nov 20 2006 - 10:43:46 EST

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    Hi all,
    Here is a request for identification of a barium cloud (?) from a
    Heavens-Above visitor. 
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Chris Peat
    From: Epps, Thomas L, Civilian [mailto:Thomas.L.Epps.CIV@msc.navy.mil] 
    Sent: 20 November 2006 20:17
    To: Chris.Peat@heavens-above.com
    Cc: Epps, Thomas L, Civilian
    Subject: A Barium Cloud Sighting (?)
    I’m on a freighter in mid-Atlantic, and last night  I observed what I think
    was a barium cloud  formation to the Southwest of our position.  It began at
    2230 UT, on a bearing  to the southwest that, from our posit (3155N/03306W)
    put it almost exactly in line with French Guyana!  I saw a tiny, cone-shaped
    cloud expand over a period of twenty minutes to a large formation that did
    NOT move against the background stars.   Understand please that we
    are nearly 2000nm from FG--it must have been extremely high if launched from
    Was there a sounding rocket launch that might’ve been associated with this
    event?  If so, can you provide me with specifics for my observing journal? 
    My compliments on an impressive site! 
    Tom Epps
    Out to sea…                  
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