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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 the Hohneck, on July 1999:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1999-07-00-HOHNECK-1

Summary:

An article in the newspaper La Liberté de l'Est for July 25, 1999, was about "a UFO on the route des Crêtes".

A man contemplating the view of the Alps from the Hohneck, waiting for daybreak inside his car, saw a luminous ball which moved slowly. He said: "I thought I saw a big star," "I even thought of an airliner."

But it was moving too fast, and suddenly vanished in a luminescent trail.

The newspaper wondered whether it was a natural phenomenon "or a spaceship" and commented: "We will opt for the second solution. The Dutch being missing in July, pros of toursime will do with little green men."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 1999
Time: Sunrise.
Duration: ?
First known report date: July 25, 1999
Reporting delay: Day, weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Metzeral
Place: From the Hohneck, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.037
Longitude: 7.015
Uncertainty ratio: 500 m

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Young adult, adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Male.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: From mountain top, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Sunrise-
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: A big star, and airliner, a UFO.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL or DD
ALSACAT: Probable meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. le1:] JOURNAL "LA LIBERTE DE L'EST":


The notebook

A U.F.O. on the route des crêtes

Man loves the early mornings, especially with a view of the Alps. How not resist the call of daybreak especially when we know that the sun will be at the rendezvous. Posted in his car, at the Honneck [sic] our gérômois is waiting with some impatience the big moment, when the sun has an appointment with the moon. Suddenly, his eye is attracted by a luminous ball which is moving slowly. "I thought I saw a big star," says the man. "I even thought of an airliner." Nay the U.F.O. was moving too quickly to suddenly evaporate in a luminescent trail. Is it a natural phenomenon or a spaceship? We will opt for the second solution. As Dutchmen are missing in July, tourism pros will do with little green men.

Discussion:

An article of scoffing ome as the press published from time to time, for a phenomenon that furiously evokes a simple meteor.

Evaluation:

Probable meteor.

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 29, 2015 Creation, [le1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 29, 2015 First published.

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