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The 1954 French flap:

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October 1, 1954, Corbigny, Nièvre:

Reference number for this case: 1-Oct-54-Corbigny. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In 1982, the ufology group ADRUP, of the Côte-d'Or, noted that the regional newspaper Le Bien Public for October 4, 1954, had reported an observation of October 1, 1954:

A representative and several inhabitants of Corbigny had seen a luminous disk of orange color moving in the sky "where it went down and up alternately from left to right."

These witnesses, "all of whom are trustworthy, observed the phenomenon for a long time and then the luminous disc disappeared vertically behind a hill."




Nevers - A representative and several residents of Corbigny saw Friday evening, around 7 p.m., a luminous disc of orange color that moved in the sky where it went down and up alternately from left to right. These witnesses, who are all trustworthy, observed the phenomenon for quite a long time and then the luminous disc disappeared vertically behind a hill.

The source is said to be the newspaper Le Bien Public.


We have a clear date, October 1, 1954, an approximate time, 7 p.m., a place, Corbigny. This makes it possible to check whether the thing would have been the red moon observed from a car on sinuous roads (because "disappears vertically behind a hill" implies a descent and not a climb, for example...)


The moon was in the sky, at the azimuth of 222 ° 37 ', and better, it was very close to the horizon, at only 7° 2' elevation, thus ready to disappear behind a hill.

This being noted, the Moon was crescent-shaped, with only 19% of its surface illuminated, not in disc shape. This is not a fatal objection, since it would be enough if it were partially hidden by a cloud to make it even more easily misinterpreted. But I want to add that the planet Mars, an orange luminous disc, was also present in the sky, at the azimuth 174° 16' and the rather low elevation of 17° 15', very bright with 85% of its surface illuminated.


(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Corbigny, Nièvre, multiple, salesman, disk, luminous, orange, ascent, descent, duration, maneuvers


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