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September 30, 1954, Barsac, Gironde:

Reference number for this case: 30-Sep-54-Barsac. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In a general catalog of observations of the Gironde written by the Bordeaux section of the CFRU, published in the ufology magazine Ouranos in the fourth quarter of 1973, it is said that according to the Sud-Ouest newspaper for October 4, 1954, the following observation took place:

On September 30, 1954, at 9:45 p.m., in Barsac, Mr. G. Pascaud saw a shining globe slowly moving towards the center of the Big Dipper. It was an object "bigger than a chicken's egg", with a notch at the front, a bluish brightness, surrounded by a halo, which made an angular displacement of 45°.

Reports:

[Ref. ou1:] MAGAZINE UFOLOGIQUE "OURANOS":

September 30, 1954 09:45 p.m. Barsac MA V3 Axis 2

Witness: M. G. Pascaud. Shiny globe slowly moving towards the center of Grand Chariot, object bigger than a chicken egg with a notch in the front, bluish brightness, surrounded by a halo. 45" angular displacement.

S.O. October 4, 54

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on September 30, 1954 at 09:45 p.m. in Barsac in the Gironde, Mr. Pascaud observed a "brilliant sphere" moving slowly towards the center of the Big Dipper. It was an "object larger than a hen egg with a notch at the front", of a bluish luminosity, surrounded of a halation. The observed angular displacement was of 45°.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 30, in France, in Barsac "21:45: Mr. Pascaud observes a brilliant sphere moving slowly towards the center of the Big Dipper. Object larger than a hen egg with a notch at the front. Bluish luminosity, surrounded by a halation. Angular displacement 45°."

She indicates that the source is "M. FIGUET: J.L. RUCHON: 'Ovni, le premier dossier complet...' Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 98".

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Gironde in Barsac, on September 30, 1954, at 21:45 hours, "the witness observes a 'shining sphere' moving slowly towards the center of the Big Dipper; object larger than a hen egg with a notch at the front. Bluish luminosity, surrounded by a halation. Angular displacement 45°."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

Explanations:

If I would have congratulated the witness for having indicated an angular displacement, I can only regret that he did not indicate a duration, nor expressed the size in angular size... because "bigger than a chicken egg" does not mean anything. A chicken egg for real? A chicken egg in apparent size at arm's length? Or a chicken egg at 40 meters, at 3000 meters...?

The thing remains unidentified to me, because of this lack of precision, no doubt.

Keywords:

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

Barsac, Gironde, Pascaud, object, globe, sphere, shiny, white, halo, blue, halation, notch

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 11, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 29, 2018 Additions [ou1], Summary. Explanation changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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