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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 Innenheim, on November 26, 2005:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2005-11-26-INNENHEIM-1

Summary:

On the web forum of the Alsatian ufology association SPICA, somebody reported on November 30, 2005, that on November 26, 2005, at about 05:30 p.m., in a car located in Innenheim and heading to Sélestat, they observed a light "of spherical type", of uniform brightness on both edges and center, "pretty impressive in its size", a size given as "much bigger than a plane's light."

It moved from west to east at quite a fast speed before stabilizing in a split second, remaining motionless for the duration of their trip, about 15 or 20 minutes. They had not been able to observe its disappearance

This big bright spot, not blinking, had a constant intensity from the beginning to the end of the observation. What had surprised the witness most was the stopping of this dot in the sky.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: November 26, 2005
Time: ~05:30 p.m.
Duration: ~15-20 minutes.
First known report date: November 30, 2005
Reporting delay: 4 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Innenheim to Sélestat
Place: From car driving on the A35 highway from Innenheim to Sélestat, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.415
Longitude: 7.486
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Young adults or adults or aged.
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: On the web forum of the Alsatian ufology association SPICA.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
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: Probably Venus.

Sources:

[Ref. sp1:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUPON THE R.I.O. FORUM:

751 Observation on 11/26/05 between Strasbourg and Sélestat (67)

Spica.57

Nov. 30, 2005

Source: SPICA forum

By car, being in Innenheim and going towards Colmar, we observed at about 05:30 p.m. on November 26, 2005 a spherical type of light, regular (uniform brightness, both on the contours and at the center) pretty impressive in size (much bigger than a plane light) move from west to east at a speed fast enough before stabilizing in a fraction of a second, for a time, the time of this trip (about 15-20 minutes). This big bright spot, not blinking, of regular intensity from beginning to end of the observation. What surprised me the most is the stopping of this dot in the sky. We did not observe its disappearance

The website of the SPICA association
http://www.spica.org

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

11/26/2005 - 05:30 p.m. - Bas-Rhin (67) - Spherical light

Testimony gatherd [sic] on the SPICA association website:

http://www.spica.org/faq.php?lng=fr&pg=&id=10

Quote:

Source: SPICA forum

By car, being in Innenheim and going towards Colmar, we observed at about 05:30 p.m. on November 26, 2005 a spherical type of light, regular (uniform brightness, both on the contours and at the center) pretty impressive in size (much bigger than a plane light) move from west to east at a speed fast enough before stabilizing in a fraction of a second, for a time, the time of this trip (about 15-20 minutes). This big bright spot, not blinking, of regular intensity from beginning to end of the observation. What surprised me the most is the stopping of this dot in the sky. We did not observe its disappearance

The link to the SPICA website does not bring up the testimony anymore.

[Ref. sp2:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

Between STRASBOURG and SELESTAT (67) Saturday, November 26, 2005

Source: SPICA forum

By car, being in Innenheim and going to Sélestat, we observed, at 05:30 p.m. a light of spherical type, regular, quite impressive by its size (much bigger than an airplane light) moving from west to east at a quite fast speed before stabilizing in a split second, for a time, the time of this trip (about 15-20 minutes).

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
INNENHEIM Saturday 26 November 2005 at 05:30 p.m. ball, balloon or melon (3D)
Unidentified
information not communicated
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

From the positions data, we understand that these people were likely to drive from Strasbourg to Sélestat, probably on the A35, probably being at the ring road near Innenhein at the start of the observation.

During the period of observation, they were able to travel 20 to 30 km from Innenheim. After 27 km indeed, we arrive in Sélestat, bypassed by the highway.

In Innenheim, they were some 5 km from the runway of the Enztheim airport. The runway id behind them, almost in line with the highway. But the length and direction of theit trip eliminates almost certainly a plane in landing approach.

Generally, the highway heads to 200°. And at this time, there, Venus was visible in the sky at a 207° azimuth precisely and a low elevation of 11°, a position quite "classic" for a misinterpretation.

It it to be noted that on this highway, we have several turns, that could explain the phase with an illusion of motion and then the motionless phase (perhaps after Barr on the turn tothe left and right and then the almost straight line, which is exactly opposite Venus.)

Of course, it could have been something else, I have no "scientific proof" that it was Venus. However, the witnesses should not have missed Venus when it was right in front of them for about twenty kilometers. And they did not report both Venus and the light that puzzled them. So...

Evaluation:

Probably Venus.

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 6, 2014 Creation, [sp1], [rn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 6, 2014 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 5, 2015 Addition [sp3].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 12, 2015 Addition [sp4].

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