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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 Mulhouse, on June 3, 1980

Case number:

ALSACAT-1980-06-03-MULHOUSE-1

Summary:

In the 2000s, the French Luc Chastan published a web database of UFO observations in France.

He said he received a testimony by e-mail saying that an object passed at the vertical of the witness' home, 200 meters away from West to East.

It came very close to him, 30 meters for 15 seconds and left in the direction of Germany.

Luc Chastan indicates that the place is Mulhouse, the date June 3, 1980, and the time 5 a.m.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: June 3, 1980
Time: 05:00 a.m.
Duration: 15 seconds or more.
First known report date: Circa 2005.
Reporting delay: 25 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse
Place: From witness residence, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 47.751
Longitude: 7.336
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Email report to ufology website Base OVNI France.
Type of location: From witness residence, UFO in the sky.
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Low strangeness, insufficient information.

Sources:

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

Mulhouse (68) on 03 juin 1980

General features

Num Base: 924
Department: Haut Rhin (68)
Place of observation: Mulhouse
Latitude: 47.75
Longitude: +7.333
Date of observation: 03 June 1980
Hour: 05:00 hours
Duration (HH:MM:SS): N.C.
Weather: No weather indication
Type of observation: Visual : close
Nbr of witness(es): 1
Official investigation: No

Features of the object

Nbr of object: 1
Type of object: Not-defined
Size: Not specified
Color: not defined
Luminosity: Not specified
Visual characteristics: No indication
Speed: not defined
Movement/Displacement: In straight line
Object on the ground: No
Instantaneous disappearance: No

Observation

An object passed above me on my residence 200m from west to east. Coming to me very close at 30m for 15 seconds. It went back towards Germany.

Sources

eMail Base Ovni France

[Ref. sp4:] ASSOCIATION UFOLOGIQUE SPICA:

Commune Date et heure d'observation Forme générale
Identification
Couleur générale
Hypothèse
Conclusion
MULHOUSE Tuesday 3 June 1980 at 05:00 a.m. information not communicated
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

I recall that it is not possible to give a reliable distance with the naked eye for an object whose nature and therefore the actual size is unknown, seen against the background of the sky without a landmark providing a maximal distance.

If I understand correctly, at night, the person saw in the sky an object which he gives absolutely no description, moving silently or not in straight and this over a duration that may be of only 15 seconds.

It could have been almost anything: an airplane, a meteor, a bird, a flying saucer, what do I know?

To be fair, I admit that 30 meters is within the range of stereoscopic vision and that the person was certainly puzzled enough to report it, so a trivial explanation is not necessarily the correct one.

Evaluation:

Low strangeness, insufficient 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 May 8, 2015 Creation, [lc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 8, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 4, 2015 Addition [sp4].

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