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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 Rauwiller, on May 8, 1969:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1969-05-08-RAUWILLER-1

Summary:

In the UFOVNI bulletin for the third quarter 2008, by the Groupe d'Etudes et de Recherches Ufologiques (GERU) based in the North of France, we learn that a Mr. P. Buhler, from Rauwiller in the Bas-Rhin, noticed on May 8, 1969, at 09:15 p.m., an object brighter than Jupiter by 1 magnitude, flying in the south to north direction with strong perturbations in its trajectory.

It took ten minutes to get from one horizon to the other.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: May 8, 1969
Time: ~09:15 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes.
First known report date: 2008
Reporting delay: 4 decades.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Rauwiller
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.811
Longitude: 7.108
Uncertainty ratio: 6 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: Man.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology bulletin UFOVNI.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: NL

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified but low strangeness and sparese information.

Sources:

[Ref. uo1:] "UFOVNI" BULLETIN:

From Mr. P. Buhler, of RAUWILLER ( Bas-Rhin ). Has noticed that on May 8, 1969, at about 09:15 p.m. approximately, the presence of an object more briliant than Jupiter od 1 magnitude and going in the south-northe direction with strong perturbations in its trajectory. It took ten minutes to go from one horizon to the other.

[Ref. sp4:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
RAUWILLER Wednesday 8 May 1968 21:15 luminous dot
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

It is hard to get a good idea of what was seen; this seems actually not very weird, with a small size for example. The erratic trajectory should have been described with details.

Evaluation:

Unidentified but low strangeness and sparese information.

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
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 2, 2015 Creation, [uo1], [sp4].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 2, 2015 First published.

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