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October 3, 1954, Bauvin, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 3-Oct-54-Bauvin. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Around 2017, "skeptical" ufologist Dominique Caudron, based in the Nord, cataloged sightings in the Nord region for October 3, 1954, neglected by ufologists, including many that were previously unpublished, and mostly explainable by a red moon whose appearance was altered by clouds.

One of these observations was reported in the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, on page 3, for October 5, 1954.

But that is said is that "Mr Vankenkiste reportedly saw 3 saucers", at an unspecified hour.

Due to the geographical proximity to a case explainable by the moon, Dominique Caudron suggests that this sighting was also caused by the moon.



Dominique Caudron drew up an inventory of observations in the Nord on October 3, 1954, containing 51 reports, including this one:

The Fabulous day of October 3, 1954


Chronology of the observations of October 3.

We give here only a summary of what was published in the press of the time, for the nord region, regardless of what the ufologists could later say. We have numbered all these observations, the first of which have nothing to do with the setting of the moon, in order to be able to study them globally in a table. Some are already the subject of a special file.

[... other cases...]

38) Hour not specified, BAUVIN (59)

- Mr Vankenkiste reportedly saw 3 saucers.

(La Voix du Nord 5/10 page 3)

[... other cases...]

All this is only a compilation of the information given by all newspapers of the time, including local editions, and of which ufologists only used a part.

We will see that the analysis of this information makes it possible to eliminate the hypothesis of a flying saucer, in favor of those of multiple observations of the moon, whose image was reddened and deformed by clouds, which also gave it a illusory apparent movement.


Analysis of the observations of October 3, 1954

[... other cases...]

38) Heure non précisée, BAUVIN (59)

Proximity with the identifiable case of Annoeullin.

[... other cases...]


The information is too meager to get any certainty; we do not even know if it was day or night, there is no direction of observation indicated, nothing on a fixity or mobility, etc.

It goes without saying that it may well have been the Moon, the geographical proximity indicated by Dominique Caudron being real, moreover with many other misinterpretations of the moon on the evening of October 3, 1954, in the region.

The problem, apparently, is the "three" saucers. In the series of observations considered, the Moon has often been "cut" in two by a cloud; this had been a major factor in the misinterpretation, as the Moon seemed unrecognizable. But three portions? This is not mentioned in any other of the sightings, to my knowledge.

We cannot exclude that two clouds have blocked the moon thus forming the "3 saucers", just for this observation; I propose yet another solution. There was not only the moon "cut in two" in the sky that night, there was also Mars, very visible, orange like the color of the blood moon that night. Mars may have been this third "saucer".

On the date of this observation, and at 09:00 p.m., when the Moon would get too low to be seen again there, it was 224° 59' and an elevation of 1° 46'; at this moment Mars is at 201° 51', a direction quite close to that of the moon, and an elevation of 11° 35'. Mars was at a distance of 121 million kilometers (distance that can range from 401 million kilometers at most to 54,6 million kilometers at the extreme minimum), with 84.93% of its surface being illuminated by the sun, so it was easily noticed.

All this obviously remains simple conjectures, because of the lack of data. But nothing in any case suggests that the "3 saucers" were craft from another planet.


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

Bauvin, Nord, Vankenkiste, saucers, three


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