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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 Bas-Rhin, on October 8, 2005:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2005-10-08-BASRHIN-1

Summary:

"Arnaud", from the department of Bas-Rhin, emailed to the ufology website of the GREPI group, Switzerland, that on October 8, 2005, at 8:50 p.m., he was in his garden when suddenly he decided with a friend, to observe the stars.

One of them was puzzled him because it was shining and blinking abnormally.

He immediately took his binocular for a better look and suddenly, he saw an oval shape. So, he used the zoom and then he told to himself that it was indeed a flying saucer, a UFO, something that could be alien.

The "saucer" was surrounded by a green light, with red dots inside.

It was moving very slowly. It was not a plane because a plane in flight is much faster, he said. He insisted he does not lie, and thanks for being believed, because he more and believed it himself, "to tell you frankly, I was shaking a little and I was stressed to see such a thing."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 8, 2005
Time: ~08:50 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2005
Reporting delay: Day, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: ?
Place: From his garden, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.654
Longitude: 7.564
Uncertainty ratio: 50 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: By email to the website of the Swiss ufology group GREPI.
Type of location: From his garden, 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: Not a plane, an extraterrestrial craft.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. gr1:] "G.R.E.P.I.":

Samedi 8 octobre 2005, vers 20h50, j'étais dans mon jardin quand soudain je décidai, avec un ami, d'observer les étoiles.

L'une d'elles m'a intrigué car elle brillait et clignotait anormalement.

Aussitôt je pris mes jumelles pour mieux l'observer et, soudain je vis une forme ovale. A ce moment, j'ai fait un zoom et là, je me suis dit que c'était bel et bien une soucoupe volante (ovni, extraterrestre?). Celle-ci était entourée d'une lumière verte, avec à l'intérieur des points rouges.

PS: Cela se déplaçait très lentement. Ce n'était pas un avion, car un avion va beaucoup plus vite quand il vole. Je tiens à vous préciser que je ne mens pas. Merci de me croire maintenant.

J'y crois encore plus et, pour vous le dire franchement, je tremblais un peu et j'étais stressé de voir une telle chose.

Arnaud (Bas-Rhin - France)

[Ref. rn1:] "RESEAU NATIONAL CIVIL DE SURVEILLANCE DU CIEL":

02/10/2005 - 18h50 - Bas-Rhin (67) - Ovale avec halo

Témoignage de Arnaud paru sur le site du GREPI page 50 dans la rubrique témoignages:

Citation:

Samedi 8 octobre 2005, vers 18h50, j'étais dans mon jardin quand soudain je décidai, avec un ami, d'observer les étoiles.

L'une d'elles m'a intrigué car elle brillait et clignotait anormalement.

Aussitôt je pris mes jumelles pour mieux l'observer et, soudain je vis une forme ovale. A ce moment, j'ai fait un zoom et là, je me suis dit que c'était bel et bien une soucoupe volante (ovni, extraterrestre?). Celle-ci était entourée d'une lumière verte, avec à l'intérieur des points rouges.

PS: Cela se déplaçait très lentement. Ce n'était pas un avion, car un avion va beaucoup plus vite quand il vole.

Je tiens à vous préciser que je ne mens pas. Merci de me croire maintenant.

J'y crois encore plus et, pour vous le dire franchement, je tremblais un peu et j'étais stressé de voir une telle chose.

Discussion:

Let's immediately check out the "Venus hypothesis", aka "the queen of saucers" for many "skeptics", which is an exaggeration.

No luck, Venus was not visible in the sky of the Bas-Rhin at that time. The planet went below the horiton at 07:22 p.m..

We have Mars on an azimuth of 80° (to the east), and a low elevation of 13°, it may produce strange effects when viewed with faulty or low quality binoculars.

The problem is that I have never known of any example of Mars seen as oval through binoculars. I have never seen or heard described Mars as "surrounded by a green light, with red dots inside", either with the naked eye, not with binoculars or telescope.

The thing remains unidentified, but the lack of information is in the way: there is no duration, no direction, no angular size, no elevation, no angular displacement, no specific location etc.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, 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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 7, 2014 Creation, [gr1], [rn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 7, 2014 First published.

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