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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 near Strasbourg, on August 27, 2000:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2000-08-27-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

"Nicolas", a Strasbourg resident, had told his observation to the Swiss ufology group GREPI, by email.

On the night of August 27 to 28, 2000, around 11:00 p.m., he was in the company of friends on the road, 20 kilometers from Strasbourg. The weather was stormy but no lightning had appeared, only clouds covered the sky.

Suddenly a glow streaked the sky "like a big green shooting star, and not losing its speed, we had the feeling that it had exploded behind a cloud, the explosion produced a faint green glow."

Nicolas did not know what it could have been and hoped the GREPI would give some answers.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 27, 2000
Time: ~11:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2000?
Reporting delay: Days, years?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: ?
Place: On a road 20 km from Strasbourg, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.581
Longitude: 7.751
Uncertainty ratio: 30 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Young adults, adults or aged.
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Email to the Swiss ufology group GREPI.
Type of location: On a road, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night, cloudy, stormy.
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: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Cannot explain it.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. gr1:] WITNESS REPORT TO THE G.R.E.P.I. WEBSITE:

I live in France, specifically in Strasbourg.

On the night of August 27 to 28, 2000, around 11:00 p.m., I was in the company of friends on the road, 20km from Strasbourg. The weather was stormy but still no lightning had appeared, only clouds covered the sky.

Suddenly a glow streaked the sky, like a big green shooting star, and not losing its speed, we had the feeling that it had exploded behind a cloud, an explosion that produced a weak green glow.

In front of a lot of questions, I decided to write to you hoping that you will try to bring us some answers. In advance thank you.

Nicolas (Strasbourg - France)

Discussion:

Everything in the report indicates that this was a meteor entering our atmosphere to finally disintegrate.

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 December 14, 2014 Creation, [gr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 14, 2014 First published.

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