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October 2, 1954, Saint-Laurent-de-Lin, Indre-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Saint-Laurent-de-Lin. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ed1:] EMMANUEL DEHLINGER:

The author (who thinks UFOs are crated by military personal who wants people to believe in aliens) mentions sightings in the Indre et Loire, including one on 2 October 1954 in St Laurent-De-Lins [sic].

[Ref. ti1:] "TOURAINE INSOLITE" WEBSITE:

The author of the website indicates that in St Laurent-De-Lins [sic], on October 2, 1954, at 08:45 p.m., there was a luminous phenomenon in the shape of a crescent which illuminated the surroundings.

The source is indicated as "Nouvelle république du centre-ouest" for 10/05/54.

[Ref. ti2:] "TOURAINE INSOLITE" WEBSITE:

The author of the website indicates that in the evening of Saturday, October 2, 1954, a farmer of St Laurent-de-Lins [sic], Mr Marcel Massillon, is witness at about 20:45 at 300 meters of his home of a luminous phenomenon having the shape of a crescent which illuminated the neighbourhoods. He called several member of his family who also observed the same luminous phenomenon. This light then stretched and took the shape of a cigar, classical at the time, then it climbed in the sky by jerks and disappeared from the sight of the witnesses.

The source is given as "Nouvelle république du centre-ouest" for 10/05/54.

[Ref. ti3:] "TOURAINE INSOLITE" WEB FORUM:

St Laurent-Of-Flaxes, October 2, 1954, 20h45.

A luminous phenomenon having the shape of crescent which illuminated the neighbourhoods. Source : "Nouvelle république du centre-ouest" for 10.05.54

Explanations:

When there is a crescent, one has the right to think that there is sense in checking the presence or the absence of the Moon:

At this place, 47° 30' 25" and 0° 15' 27", on October 2, 1954, at 08:45 p.m., the Moon is at an azimuth of 229° 40' - which does not help as the report gives no direction - and the low elevation of 1° 5' conducive to misinterpretations. It is ready to set down, passing behind the horizon at 05:54 p.m. It is in its last crescent, with 27.6% of its surface illuminated.

The Moon is thus there, and in the form of a crescent; the only problem is that the report says the henomenon went up in the sky - by jerks moreover - when the moon was actually going down.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Laurent-de-Lin, Saint-Laurent-de-Lins, Indre-et-Loire, night, luminous, crescent, light

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 18, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 17, 2010 Addition [ti2].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 19, 2011 Addition [ti3].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 11, 2017 Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet".

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