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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 Uffheim, on November 6, 1994:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1994-11-06-UFFHEIM-1

Summary:

Ufology websites in the United States list a case in Uffheim in France that would have been reported by the French ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit" issue 330 in 1994.

It is said that at midnight and 10 minutes, a bowl-shaped object, 15 meters in diameter, hovered, then followed a car.

It lasted four hours, and there were allegedly more than 40 independent witnesses of the event, but there was no media coverage.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: November 6, 1994
Time: 00:10 a.m.
Duration: 4 hours.
First known report date: 1994
Reporting delay: Hours, 2 months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Uffheim
Place: Uffheim village or country, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 47.650
Longitude: 7.442
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: More than 40.
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: ?
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit".
Type of location: Country or village, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
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: Possible Mars.

Sources:

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

6 November 1994 00:10

Uffheim, Alsace, France

15m diameter bowl-shaped disc hovered, followed car. Over 40 separate witnesses, but no news coverage.

In Uffheim, France at 12:10 a.m. a 15 meter in diameter bowl-shaped object hovered and then followed a car. There were over 40 separate witnesses to the event, but no news coverage.

A hovering flying disc was observed. One domed disc, about 80 feet across, was observed by over 40 witnesses in a town for 240 minutes.

Hynek rating: NL

Vallee rating: FB1

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

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

November 6

1994 - In Uffheim, France at 12:10 a.m. a 15 meter in diameter bowl-shaped object hovered and then followed a car. There were over 40 separate witnesses to the event, but no news coverage. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 330).

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

Nov. 6, 1994; Uffheim, France

12:10 AM. A 15 meter in diameter bowl-shaped object hovered and then followed a car. There were over 40 separate witnesses to the event, but no news coverage. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 330).

Discussion:

I checked the visibility of the moon on November 6, 1994 at 00:10 a.m.in this area. It was not visible, rising only at 10:39 in the morning.

When the hour is close to midnight, there is sometimes a classical date error: November 6 at 00:10 a.m. could be November 7; but the moon was also not visible then.

One may then think of another astronomical body; it had to be big enough, to remain visible for 4 hours, and pretty low on the horizon to cause the usual illusion of "following" a car.

(This scenario may be silly if in fact the witnesses were not in the car but watched the object follow a car, but I do not have the data yet to know...)

I find planet Mars; which rose at precisely 11:24 p.m., and is at azimuth 71° and the low elevation of 6° above the horizon at 00:10 a.m., setting down at 02:15 p.m..

It is not exactly as big as it could be from the ground (195,010,000 kilometers away from the earth) but quite bright (magnitude 0.2) as 89.12% of its visible surface is illuminated by the sun.

I am in no position to "prove" that all these people mistook Mars to a UFO for now, as I miss the primary source. But I have to consider this possibility.

Evaluation:

Possible Mars.

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 July 11, 2015 Creation, [ud1], [dj1], [ni1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 11, 2015 First published.

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