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July 7 and 8, 1954, Dijon, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 7 and 8-Jul-54-Dijon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

A catalog of press articles by the ufology group ADRUP in 1982 indicates that the regional newspaper Le Bien Public, of Dijon, for July 9, 1954, reported that one of their readers "whose good faith cannot be doubted," reported to them the appearance on the nights of July 7 and July 8, 1954, of a "strange object" in the sky.

On the night of Wednesday 7 to Thursday 8, it was a kind of very bright big star that wandered for half an hour in the sky, going up and down before "disappearing" to the south. On the night of Friday 9, around 10 p.m., the object made a new incursion and after 15 minutes of maneuvers, disappeared to the northwest this time.

Reports:

[Ref. vi1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

VENDREDI 9 JUILLET : UNE SOUCOUPE VOIANTE AU DESSUS DE DIJON - -

Un de nos lecteurs dont la bonne foi ne peut être mise en doute, nous signale l'apparition, deux nuits consécutives, d'un étrange objet dans le ciel. Dans le nuit de jeudi à vendredi, une sorte de grosse étoile très brillante se promena pendant 1/2 heure dans le ciel, en montant et descendant avant de disparaitre vers le Sud. Hier soir, vers 10 H nouvelle incursion de l'objet qui, après I/4 heure d'évolution, disparut vers le Nord-Ouest cette fois. A verser au dossier des soucoupes...

The source is given as the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. vi1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

54 07 07 / DIJON / 10 PM / NL / P /

M. X observed, for about half an hour, in the sky, a kind of shining star.

(Source: Bien Public, 9.7.54)

54 07 08 / DIJON / 10 PM / NL / P /

Same observation as the previous pne.

(Source: the same)

Explanations:

For the night from the 7th to the 8th, the hour is not given, the direction is the South, at least for the "disappearance". We have planet Mars at 11:40 p.m., star Antares at 10:00 p.m.. Antares like Mars is still in the sky well after half an hour of observation, and set not really to the South. Around 10 p.m., both "go up", both begin to "descend" towards 11:20 p.m.

For the night of the 8th to the 9th, it was at 10 p.m., it lasted a quarter of an hour and "disappeared" to the northwest. We have Venus to the West-northwest at very low elevation, soon setting in the north-west.

It is therefore possible that this witness first took Mars for a saucer, then the next evening, Venus. In any case, there is not much to claim it really was a flying saucer.

Keywords:

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Dijon, Côte-d'Or, unique, night, star, brilliant, ascending, descending, duration

Sources:

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Document history:

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