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
    
    
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    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 (?)
    
     
    Chris; 
    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
    there.
    
    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! 
    
    Regards;
    
    Tom Epps
    Out to sea…                  
    
    My address…
    Thomas.l.epps.civ@msc.navy.mil
    
    
    
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