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September 23, Lux, Côre-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 23-sep-54-Lux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that a witness who wished to remain anonymous made the following account which Michel said to have been confirmed by testimonys of a great number of villagers. The observation took place on Thursday, September 23, at Lux, in the département of Côte-d'Or:

"At approximately 05:00 P.M., as it happened that I looked at the sky, my attention was drawn by a shining object which scintillated with the sun. Using binoculars, I noted that this object was a metal sphere, with very distinct contours. It evolved in a restricted circle, lower than the clouds. This display lasted approximately half an hour. At some times, a red gleam seemed to come out of the craft, perhaps a reflection of the sun. Second phase, very fast: in a one minute intervak, all was finished. The "ball" suddenly elongated itself and literally spat out two other identical balls which placed themselves in straight line, spaced by an interval equal to the triple of their diameter. Then one of them disappeared from our eyes, and the two others sprang in the sky in two different directions. I have been able to follow one of the two spheres until it became a tiny dot, and disappeared without leaving any trace."


The author indicates that on September 23, 1954, in Lux in the Côte-d'Or, at about 5 p.m., a person provided with binoculars observed a metallic reddish sphere which circled the sky, during half an hour.

The ball suddenly "lengthened" and "spat" two other identical balls, then all the three disappeared in three different directions, this second phase lasting only one minute.

Many witnesses attended the display.

The author notes that the lengthening could habe been the change of orientation of an object in the shape of a cigar seen upfront initially.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the "Côte d'or" in Lux on September 23, 1954 at 17:00 hours "A witness leisurely looking at the sky observes a brilliant object scintillating with the sun. With binoculars, he notes that the object is a sphere of metallic appearance with very clear contours, evolving under the clouds in circles. Sometimes a red gleam seemed to come out of the object. Then very quickly the ball lengthens and seems to spit two four identical balls which put themselves in a formation. One of the three balls disappears and the two others jump in the sky in different directions."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 at 17:00 in Lux, France "Metallic sphere circles, divides into 3. one part vanishes, two go off in separate directions. Explanation: Planet."

And: "Unusual objects were sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. Three metallic shifting-shape objects were observed by numerous witnesses on a farm for 30 minutes."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540923 23.09.1954 Lux France 17.00
19540923 23.09.1954 Lux France 17.00


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Lux, Côte-d'Or, anonymous, multiple, object, bright, shiny, binoculars, sphere, ball, metallic, manoeuvers, glow, red, split, separation, two, three, fast


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 16, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 27, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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