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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 Strasbourg, on October 9, 1978:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1978-10-09-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

The newspaper "Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace" for Wednesday, October 11, 1978, published an article about sightings on October 9, 1978, of a "UFO over Strasbourg?"

The newspaper said that the Alsatian section of the French Ufology Research Circle had received the day before several matching testimonies about a luminous phenomenon in the sky of Strasbourg on Monday evening between 10:45 p.m. 10:30 p.m..

There was a testimony by a woman, amateur astronomer, Ms. W., who had a small observation equipment. She saw from her apartment of the Marne Boulevard at 10:30 p.m. a big yellow ball in the sky.

She watched it through binoculars, and the ball was joined ten minutes later by a smaller ball. Moments later, the whole set, "that Ms. W. described very accurately" - the newspaper does not give her description - "disappeared suddenly."

The newspaper indicates that almost similar testimonies were collected from two residents form the route des Romains and the Avenue des Vosges; two other witnesses, who noticed the luminous phenomenon at 10:45 p.m., had spoken of the big ball only, "which seems logical, as the little had already reached the big one at this hours."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 9, 1978
Time: Between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m..
Duration: 10 to 15 minutes.
First known report date: October 10, 1979
Reporting delay: Hours, 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: In Strasbourg from Boulevard de la Marne; route des Romains; avenue des Vosges, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.588
Longitude: 7.753
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 5
Number of known witnesses: 1 to 5
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Young adults or adults or aged.
Witness(es) types: 1 female amateur astronomer, 2 others, 2 others.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Alsace section of the Cercle Français de Recherches Ufologiques.
Type of location: In big city, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
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: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified.

Sources:

[Ref. dn1:] "DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE" NEWSPAPER:

A UFO over Strasbourg?

The Alsatian section of the Cercle français de recherches ufologiques [French UFO Research Circle] received yesterday several eyewitness reports of a luminous phenomenon observed in the sky of Strasbourg on Monday evening between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m..

The most interesting of these observations comes from a woman, amateur astronomer, making her a knowledgeable witness, knowing the difference between stars and with a small observation equipment.

It was 10:30 p.m. when, from her apartment of the Boulevard de la Marne, Mrs. W. saw a big yellow ball in the sky; this ball; which she watched through binocular, was joined ten minutes later by a smaller ball; moments later, the luminous set, of which Mrs. W. gave a very accurate description, disappeared suddenly.

Almost similar testimonies were collected from two residents of the route des Romains and Avenue des Vosges; two other witnesses, who noticed the luminous phenomenon around 10:45 p.m., spoke of only the big ball; which seems logical, the small one having already reached it at that hours.

[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 an observation on October 9, 1978, was told like this by the newspaper "Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace" for October 11, 1978:

A UFO over STRASBOURG?

The Alsatian section of the Cercle français de recherches ufologiques [French UFO Research Circle] received yesterday several eyewitness reports of a luminous phenomenon observed in the sky of Strasbourg on Monday evening between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m..

The most interesting of these observations comes from a woman, amateur astronomer, making her a knowledgeable witness, knowing the difference between stars and with a small observation equipment.

It was 10:30 p.m. when, from her apartment of the Boulevard de la Marne, Mrs. W. saw a big yellow ball in the sky; this ball; which she watched through binocular, was joined ten minutes later by a smaller ball; moments later, the luminous set, of which Mrs. W. gave a very accurate description, disappeared suddenly.

Almost similar testimonies were collected from two residents of the route des Romains and Avenue des Vosges; two other witnesses, who noticed the luminous phenomenon around 10:45 p.m., spoke of only the big ball; which seems logical, the small one having already reached it at that hours.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODATENBANK.DE":

Case number: 19781010
Observation hour:
Observation place: Strasbourg
Observation country: France
Witnesses:
Classification:
Identification:
Source: UFO-Nachrichten Wiesbaden # 258, page 7
Investigator:
Status:
Description of the observation:
Discussion and explanation:

Discussion:

About Christian Valentin's book:

It is not at all my habit to "advertise" a book or anything, and I have no interested relationship with the author, but I wanted to say a word on the book by Christian Valentin, "Mythes et Réalités des Phénomènes Aériens Non Identifiés" (i.e. "Myths and Realities of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (cover on the left) , ref. [cv2]; which, as its subtitle indicates, is about Alsatian UFO sighting reports and the saucer lore in Alsace.

I think Alsatian ufologist and generally people interested in the UFO question, or in the history of Alsace, my region, would probably like this book.

The 144 pages book is sober but well presented, unbiased, richly documented and illustrated. It is the first work in print specifically about UFO sightings in Alsace. (There was another one a few years ago, but it was partly made by copying - pasting without mention of the sources, portions of my website, especially the Alsatians cases I almost exhaustively documented in my catalog of UFO sightings in France in 1954, and copies from another websites; the trivial explanations I proposed or gave there being almost always stripped off!)

The author does not want to prove or disprove the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors or some other so-called "extraordinary" explanation, he rather offers a chronologically ordered review of Alsatian UFO reports, starting from the origin and stopping in 1980, based on known sources ufology, on the articles of the regional Press, and cases less known or even unreleased so far that he collected directly with the witnesses. His own comments are printed in a different color, references to the sources are always given. A very nice work in my opinion!

The author currently has a blog where he shows what libraries in Alsace have the book available, see: christian.valentin.overblog.com

The three places of observations are located like this:

There are about 5 km between the two most distant.

We have here a case involving clearly at least 3 groups of most likely independent witnesses.

We also have here an observation that is not made from some "isolated area in the?countryside", but from the largest city of Alsace.

The "Cercle français de recherches ufologiques" (CFRU) was actually located in Forbach (the Moselle) and published a quarterly newsletter, "Ufologia", from 1975 to 1984. According to the catalog of the National Library of France (http: //data.bnf.com), this circle was the only officially holding the name; the one of Saint-Denis-lès-Rebais had usurped that name.

I hope I will find the original documentation of this case that seems very interesting: no question of meteor or satellite and atmospheric reentry here, the duration excludes it. Planes, balloons and other explanations seem unconvincing. How could they be described as a "big yellow ball", joined ten minutes later by a smaller one?

Evaluation:

Unidentified.

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 July 4, 2015 Creation, [dn1], [cv2], [ud2].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 4, 2015 First published.

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