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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 Rixheim, on April 11, 1980:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1980-04-11-RIXHEIM-1

Summary:

In October 1980, the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit reportedly wrote about a sighting in Rixheim on April 11, 1980, at 11:10 p.m.

A couple on an outside balcony with access to the entrance of their apartment had their attention drawn to a very large and bright ball in the sky.

The center of the ball was white and flashing red lights were visible on the perimeter.

The object remained stationary for 30 minutes.

Suddenly, a red ball fell from the phenomenon and remained stationary between the ground and the main object.

Then the main object departed slowly towards the west-northwest on a straight path but seeming to go down towards the Vosges.

The second object went away to the south.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 11, 1980
Time: 11:10 p.m.
Duration: 35 minutes.
First known report date: October 1981
Reporting delay: Day, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Rixheim
Place: From apartment's balcony, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 47.749
Longitude: 7.407
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1 or 2
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adults or aged.
Witness(es) types: A couple.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine LDLN.
Type of location: From apartment's balcony, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, but sparse data.

Sources:

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN - "BASE OVNI FRANCE":

Rixheim (68) on 11 avril 1980

General features

Num Base: 2533
Departement: Haut Rhin (68)
Place of observation: Rixheim
Latitude: 47.766
Longitude: +7.4
Date of observation: April 11, 1980
Hour: 11:10 p.m. hours
Duration (HH:MM:SS): 00:35:00
Weather: Nice weather, clear sky
Type of observation: Visual: Distant
Nbr of witness(es): 2
Official investigation: No

Features of the object

Nbr of object: 1
Type of object: Luminous ball
Size: Huge
Color: Several colors
Luminosity: Brillant
Visual characteristics: Emission of satellite objects
Speed: Motionless then slow
Movement/Displacement: Jerkily (motionless then d
Object on the ground: No
Instantaneous disappearance: No

Observation

A couple is on an outside balcony giving access to the entrance of their apartment when their attantion [sic] is attracted by a very large and bright ball in the sky. The center was white and flashing red lights were visible on the perimeter. The object remained stationary for thirty minutes. Suddenly a red ball falls and the phenomenon remains stationary between the ground and the main object. The main object then departed slowly towards the west north west on a straight path but seeming to go down towards the Vosges. The second object went to the south.

Sources

Lumières dans la Nuit issue 208

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

This website says that on 11 April 1980 at 23:10, in Rixheim, Alsace, France, "Cigar-shaped objects were observed. Two cigar-shaped objects were observed in a residential area for 30 minutes."

The sources are indicated as "Lumieres dans la Nuit, Lumieres dans la Nuit" and "Hatch, Larry *U* computer database Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. bo1:] JUAN-VICENTE BALLESTER-OLMOS:

This ufologist lists that on 11/04/1980 there was a UFO picture case in Rixheim, Haut-Rhin (France) according to "Lumières Dans La Nuit, October 1981, pages 21-24. Pernot and J. Journot.".

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
RIXHEIM Friday 11 April 1980 at 11:10 p.m. ball, balloon or melon (3D)
Unidentified
Several colors
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

I do not see what this phenomenon was.

But the data available to me for now are too meager to make a "good" case of this anyway.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, but sparse data.

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 May 8, 2015 Creation, [lc1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 8, 2015 First published.
1.1/td> Patrick Gross July 10, 2015 Additions, [bo1], [sp4].

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