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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 Lampertheim, on August 5, 2003:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2003-08-05-LAMPERTHEIM-1

Summary:

The Alsatian ufology association SPICA reported on their website an observation and photographs that occurred in the night of August 4 to 5, 2003, in Lampertheim.

The witness was sleeping under the stars to enjoy the cool of the night, and at 04:45 a.m., local time, he woke up and saw a bright spot which, by opening his eyes, gave him the impression to cross a part of the sky, and then it became motionless.

Then well awake, he observed that light, which in about an hour had moved 10░ in the sky from east to west.

With the photos made by the witness, and because he had kept ground landmarks, the SPICA was able to establish the exact azimuths of the light in each photo, in addition, because the photos were taken with a digital camera, they had the exact time of each photo.

With all this data, the SPICA established using astronomical ephemeris that each of the positions corresponded to Mars.

As Mars was closest to Earth it ever was for 73,000 years, and very bright, the SPICA expected that many people with little knowledge of astronomy would report the planet as a strange light or even a UFO, especially when it rose with its light crossing a thick layer of Earth's atmosphere, causing to their own surprise apparent "jumps" due to the natural movement of the eyes.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 5, 2003
Time: 04:45 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour or more.
First known report date: 2003
Reporting delay: Days, weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Lampertheim
Place: Outdoors, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.651
Longitude: 7.697
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: Listing of sightings by the regional ufology group SPICA.
Type of location: Outdoors, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Mars.

Sources:

[Ref. sp1:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

In the night from August 4 to 5, 2003

Photo taken by the witness

On the night from August 4 to 5, 2003, the witness was sleeping under the stars to enjoy the cool of the night.

Around 4:45 am, local time, he wakes up and sees a bright spot which, by opening eyes, gave him the impression of having crossed a part of the sky, and then is fixed. Awake, he observed that light; which in the space of an hour, moves 10░ in the sky from east to west. With photos made by the witness, and as he kept landmarks on the ground, we could establish the exact azimuths of each photo, moreover, since the photos were made with a digital camera, we had the exact time of each photo. Using all his data, we were able to establish with astronomical ephemeris, that each of the positions corresponded to Mars.

Mars is currently closest to Earth, this since 73000 years, and very bright, we expect that many people, having little astronomical knowledge, might report seeing that star as intriguing or even as a UFO. Indeed, when it rises, we see it through a large layer of Earth's atmosphere. Even us were surprised by the jumps that it made in the sky at that time. These jumps are due to the natural movement of our eyes.

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

This ufologist lists that on 05/08/2003 there was a UFO photo case explained as "Astronomical, Mars" in Lampertheim, Bas Rhin (France).

The source is given as: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/association.spica/ufologieenquete.htm

[Ref. sp4:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
LAMPERTHEIM Tuesday 5 August 2003 at 04:00 luminous dot
Planetary astronomy
red
Planetary astronomy
Solved

Discussion:

Case solved.

Evaluation:

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 September 10, 2015 Creation, [sp1], [bo1], [sp4].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 10, 2015 First published.

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