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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 perhaps in Strasbourg, in 1977 or 1978:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1977-00-00-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

The Swiss ufology group GREPI publishes on their website the stories of their readers, and Martine, of Strasbourg, recounted her experience of 1977 or 1978.

She observed the sky and noticed a star bigger than the others and of yellow color. She observed for several hours, and suddenly it began to move. She thought it was a plane passing through the middle of the star, but saw that it wasn't that.

The thing was moving toward her, she noticed green and red lights. She tried to concentrate to the maximum to try to see something, she would "have given anything at that moment to have a 'flash' of light for a seconds or so."

She nevertheless observed that the "thing" was like a platform, it certainly was not a plane because it made no sound as it moved close enough.

She saw that people in the street looked up to the sky. "Of course they did not observe the star like I did, but they were intrigued, in my opinion, by the fact that they saw the light fly quite close with NO NOISE. I watched as long as I could, I went to the other side of my house. And the thing was gone..."

She told her mother who did not believe and gently mocked her. Her two sisters were watching TV and did not even want to be disturbed. She concludes: "If your family does not believe you, then what about the other people? That day, I realized that all we can do when we observe something is to observe and keep it to yourself..."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: 1977 or 1978
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2000
Reporting delay: 2 decades.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: Outside near home, UFO in the sky.
Latitude:
Longitude:
Uncertainty ratio: 80 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1 or more
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Probable child.
Witness(es) types: Female

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Web report to the Swiss ufology groupe GREPI.
Type of location: Outside near home, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: No
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Insufficient data, possible airliner.

Sources:

[Ref. gr1:] WITNESS REPORT TO THE G.R.E.P.I. WEBSITE:

This happened in 1977 or 1978.

I watched the sky and I noticed a star bigger than the others and yellow. I watched it for several hours and suddenly it began to move. I thought it was a plane going through the axis of that star, but I immediately saw that the latter was moving. It was heading in my direction. I noticed green and red lights. I tried to concentrate to the maximum to try to see something. I would have given anything at that moment to have a "flash" of light for a few seconds or at least one second. I nevertheless observed that the "thing" resembled a platform. For me it was definitely not a plane because the craft was making NO NOISE although it moved close enough.

I could see that people in the street looked up to the heaven. Of course they had not observed the star like I did, but they were intrigued, in my opinion, by the fact that they saw the light fly quite close and without ANY NOISE. I observed as long as I could, I went to the other side of my house. And the thing disappeared...

I immediately talked about it to my mom, who, of course, did not believe me and had even tended to make "slightly" fun of me. My two sisters were watching a show on the television and they did not even want me bothering them! ... If your own family does not believe you, then what about the others?

That day, I realized that whatever we can do when we observe something is to observe it and keep it to yourself...

Martine (Strasbourg - France)

Discussion:

Is this the heavily distorted memory of the passing of an airliner seen when the witness was a child? The green and red light would suggest it. But the report is too vague to conclude anything for sure. Day, night? Elevation? Duration? Exact place and date? - It is not even obvious that it occurred in Alsace.

Also, I do not conceive that she had watched what looked like a big yellow star for "several hours".

Evaluation:

Insufficient data, possible airliner.

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 March 1, 2016 Creation, [gr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 1, 2016 First published.

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