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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Ensisheim, at the end of 1492:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1492-00-00-ENSISHEIM-1

Summary:

An inscription in a long destroyed church of Ensisheim mentioned the fall of the famous meteorite in this city, and added another "prodigy": later, three suns were seen in the sky.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: End of 1492
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1840
Reporting delay: Hour, 4 centuries?

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Ensisheim
Place:
Latitude: 47.865
Longitude: 7.349
Uncertainty ratio: 10 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: 0
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Old writing in a church.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: N/A.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: Three suns.

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Probable sundogs.

Sources:

[Ref. rc1:] "REVUE CATHOLIQUE DE L'ALSACE":

The magazine indicates that in "Ensisheim, formerly free imperial city and formerly capital of the Archduke of Austria regency of the Front Countries of Austria, or History of the city of Ensisheim with specifics about the most memorable events that happened in Alsace" by the Abbott Merklen, it is told that a memory of the fall of the meteorite of Ensisheim exists as writings in the old church of the city, saying:

"It two months we saw
Two various prodigies:
In one fell from the sky, this
Terrifying Stone
And it was next seen three suns
In the airs.
This is how the sky, to mortals
favorable,
Y a secret inclination, it ins righteous furor,
Enjoys in showing parts of its gentleness."

[Ref. gr1:] CHARLES GRAD:

The author indicates that in "Ensisheim, formerly free imperial city and formerly capital of the Archduke of Austria regency of the Front Countries of Austria, or History of the city of Ensisheim with specifics about the most memorable events that happened in Alsace" by the Abbott Merklen, it is told that a memory of the fall of the meteorite of Ensisheim exists as writings in the old church of the city, saying:

"It two months we saw
Two various prodigies:
In one fell from the sky, this
Terrifying Stone
And it was next seen three suns
In the airs.
This is how the sky, to mortals
favorable,
Y a secret inclination, it ins righteous furor,
Enjoys in showing parts of its gentleness."

[Ref. is1:] BLOG "ISUNDGAU":

A sign from the sky?

About two weeks later (November 23, 1492), [...] in Ensisheim.

Then later, another inscription in Latin, French and German. The French translation said: "In two months, we have seen two different prodigies in one fell from the sky this chilling stone. And we saw in the next one three suns in the sky. This is how the sky, to mortals by a secret inclination in its righteous fury, likes to show us the traits of its sweetness. This stone fell from the sky on Nov. 7, 1492"!

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book telling the story of UFO sightings, flying saucers sightings, in Alsace, from the beginning to 1980.

In this book, he reports that in the book "History of the Town of Ensisheim" by Abbott Merklen, of this city, published in 1840, the author states on page 208 that in the front of the choir of the parish church, which was destroyed since, there were inscription in Latin, German and French on two phenomena, including the fall of the famous meteorite Ensisheim:

"In two months we saw two different prodigies:
In one fell from the sky this terrifying stone
And in the next one, one saw three suns in the airs
This is how the sky, to mortals favorable,
By a secret inclination, in its righteous furor,
Enjoys in showing parts of its gentleness."

About the "three suns", Christian Valentin notes that this could have been due to the reflection of the sun on ice crystals suspended in the cloud layer.

[Ref. my1:] "LES MYSTERES DES OVNIS" WEB FORUM:

A discussion on this ufology forum mentions the Ensisheim meteorite and cites the writing in the church about the "three suns."

Discussion:

A "parhelia" (in French"), from ancient Greek "para", "near" and "helios," the Sun, is a phenomenon visible to the eye in which two replicas of the Sun are seen horizontally on both sides of the Sun, often with a circular halo (photos below). It is often described in old chronicles as an appearance of "three suns".

The phenomenon is also called "false sun", "Double Sun", "eye of the goat" in French, or "triple sun" or "sundogs".

The phenomenon occurs when the sun is rather low on the horizon and there are ice crystals in of high altitude clouds (cirrus or cirrostratus).

Evaluation:

Probable sundogs.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 25, 2016 Creation, [rc1], [gr1], [is1], [cv2], [my1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 25, 2016 First published.

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