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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 Soufflenheim, on June 21, 2008:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2008-06-21-SOUFFLENHEIM-1

Summary:

After his observation, Claude used Google to find where to testify on the Internet and came across the "UFO paranormal" blog of Christian Mace.

He reported on June 21, 2008, at 09:45 p.m., that on June 21, 2008, at 09:45 p.m. - which is odd - on a walk, in Soufflenheimdans in the Bas-Rhin, while there was still enough sunlight to see, his girlfriend and him saw to their astonishment a kind of low flying craft, He estimates it was at about 1000 meters above the ground.

The craft turned "on itself slowly" and flew "in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating or changing direction."

He saw gray metal reflections on the machine thanks to the sun that was still present. The environment was very quiet, and the craft made absolutely no noise. He estimates its size as kile that of a "7.5t truck."

The craft headed toward Haguenau above the forest. Claude wanted to film it with my cell phone, but without satisfactory result: "I did not see it on the screen."

He ensures that his story is not a joke but that he really cannot say "if it was a UFO or some kind of known terrestrial flying object"; he indicates that the object "was not recognizable as a kind of balloon or an airplane or helicopter, especially without any noise."

The next day, he indicated via Christian Macé's blog a video, now unavailable, of another alleged UFO sighting, in the U.K.; which he said looks like what he saw himself.

His story was then copied by other UFO websites.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: June 21, 2008
Time: ~09:45 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: June 21, 2008
Reporting delay: Immediately.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Soufflenheim
Place: Outside, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.829
Longitude: 7.964
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Tennagers or adults.
Witness(es) types: Young man or man with his girlfriend.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Comment to web article about UFOs.
Type of location: Outside, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Shortly before the night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Attempted in vain.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Maybe not a UFO but neither a balloon, nor a plane, nor a helicopter.

Classifications:

Hynek: DD
ALSACAT: Possible party balloon or hoax.

Sources:

[Ref. cm1:] CHRISTIAN MACE:

claude

Jaune 21, 2008, at 09:45 p.m.

Hello, We are on June 21, it was about 09:45 p.m. during a walk, there was still enought daylight so that my girlfriend and i were amazed at a kind of craft flying low (about 1000 m) rotating on himself slowliy and speeding in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating not changing direction. I saw grey metallic reflections on the craft thanks to the sun that was still present.

The hearing environment was very quiet.

The thing made absolutely no noise !

Place : village of Soufflenheim 67620 : Alsace, department of Bas-Rhin. France.

The craft was heading to Haguenau above the forest. I wanted to film it with my cellphone, but without satisfying result, I did not see it on the screen.

I am not joking what I tell is the truth, now to know if this was really a u.f.o. or a kind of known earthly object, i absolutely do not know.This object was not recognizable as a kind of balloon ballon or a plane or helicopter, especially without any noise.

I estimate this aobject was as large as a 7.5t truck .

I hope my testimony is usefull, I hope the owner of this blog is still around.I stumbled on this blog using google.

[Ref. cm2:] CHRISTIAN MACE:

Ufo in Soufflenheim, in Alsace, in the East if France : on June 21, 2008... :

I just received the following message from Claude, sent from Strasbourg...

Big thanks to Claude!

Claude's message:

Hello,

We are on June 21, it was about 09:45 p.m. during a walk, there was still enought daylight so that my girlfriend and i were amazed at a kind of craft flying low (about 1000 m) rotating on himself slowliy and speeding in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating not changing direction. I saw grey metallic reflections on the craft thanks to the sun that was still present.

The hearing environment was very quiet.

The thing made absolutely no noise !

Place : village of Soufflenheim 67620 : Alsace, department of Bas-Rhin. France.

The craft was heading to Haguenau above the forest. I wanted to film it with my cellphone, but without satisfying result, I did not see it on the screen.

I am not joking what I tell is the truth, now to know if this was really a u.f.o. or a kind of known earthly object, i absolutely do not know.This object was not recognizable as a kind of balloon ballon or a plane or helicopter, especially without any noise.

I estimate this aobject was as large as a 7.5t truck .

I hope my testimony is usefull, I hope the owner of this blog is still around.

I stumbled on this blog using google.

END

Localization of Soufflenheim, in Alsace, East of France:
http://www.multimap.com/maps/?hloc=FR|soufflenheim

A new message from Claude I just received:

Hello christian,

I look a bit on your blog for ufo images/videos to remember the shape and i found the video of the ufo i saw.

To compare my indications on the blog to the video :

-same level of altitude
-same very slow trajectory speed
-speed of rotation on itself exactly similar.
-the shape was a kind of pyramid (in soufflenheim we saw it from below under a different angle )
-very dark color
-and in the video no noise coming from the craft

Here is the kink that shows the video:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/video/video/index.var.33569.0.0.php

Your news :

http://ovniparanormal.over-blog.com/article-20445711.html

I am totally amazed!

Best regards ,

Claude

[Ref. sp1:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

Soufflenheim (67) on June 21, 2008, at 09:45 p.m.

Source: ovniparanormal

We are on June 21, it was about 09:45 p.m. during a walk, there was still enought daylight so that my girlfriend and i were amazed at a kind of craft flying low (about 1000 m) rotating on himself slowliy and speeding in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating not changing direction. I saw grey metallic reflections on the craft thanks to the sun that was still present.

The hearing environment was very quiet. The thing made absolutely no noise!

The craft was heading to Haguenau above the forest. I wanted to film it with my cellphone, but without satisfying result, I did not see it on the screen.

I am not joking what I tell is the truth, now to know if this was really a u.f.o. or a kind of known earthly object, i absolutely do not know.This object was not recognizable as a kind of balloon ballon or a plane or helicopter, especially without any noise. I estimate this object was as large as a 7.5t truck.

[Ref. cu1:] "LA CENTRALE UFOLOGIQUE":

UFO witnesses

Map of the testimonies deposited on the nezwork of La Centrale Ufologique until today

Soufflenheim on June 21, 2008

mms://newsquest.coullmedia.com/newsquest/southampton/ufoshirley_130608.wmv

it was about 09:45 p.m. during a walk, there was still enought daylight so that my girlfriend and i were amazed at a kind of craft flying low (about 1000 m) rotating on himself slowliy and speeding in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating not changing direction. I saw grey metallic reflections on the craft thanks to the sun that was still present. The hearing environment was very quiet. The thing made absolutely no noise! Place : village of Soufflenheim 67620 : Alsace, department of Bas-Rhin. France. ..

continued (http://www.i-services.net/membres/forum/messages.php?uid=45691&sid=19573&idsujet=1272135&pgi=0) [Broken link]

[Ref. is1:] "ISUNDGAU" BLOG:

Ce blog présente plusieurs cas alsaciens pêchés sur le web, dont:

Soufflenheim le 21 juin 2008

"We are on June 21, it was about 09:45 p.m. during a walk, there was still enought daylight so that my girlfriend and i were amazed at a kind of craft flying low (about 1000 m) rotating on himself slowliy and speeding in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating not changing direction. I saw grey metallic reflections on the craft thanks to the sun that was still present.

The hearing environment was very quiet.

The thing made absolutely no noise !

Place : village of Soufflenheim 67620 : Alsace, department of Bas-Rhin. France.

The craft was heading to Haguenau above the forest. I wanted to film it with my cellphone, but without satisfying result, I did not see it on the screen."

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

Polyèdre57

RNCSC Collaborator

Registered on: Nov 11, 2012

Messages: 155

Localization: Metz

06/21/2008 Soufflenheim pyramid/triangle-shaped object

Date: June 21, 2008

Hour: 09:45 p.m.

Place: Soufflenheim (67)

Observers: 2

Source: Ovniparanormal.over-blog.com (direct more complete access)

Report:

Quote:

We are on June 21, it was about 09:45 p.m. during a walk, there was still enought daylight so that my girlfriend and i were amazed at a kind of craft flying low (about 1000 m) rotating on himself slowliy and speeding in straight line at a slow speed without accelerating not changing direction. I saw grey metallic reflections on the craft thanks to the sun that was still present.

The hearing environment was very quiet.

The thing made absolutely no noise !

Place : village of Soufflenheim 67620 : Alsace, department of Bas-Rhin. France.

The craft was heading to Haguenau above the forest. I wanted to film it with my cellphone, but without satisfying result, I did not see it on the screen.

I am not joking what I tell is the truth, now to know if this was really a u.f.o. or a kind of known earthly object, i absolutely do not know.This object was not recognizable as a kind of balloon ballon or a plane or helicopter, especially without any noise.

I estimate this object was as large as a 7.5t truck .

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
SOUFFLENHEIM Saturday 21 June 2008 at 09:45 p.m. triangular
Unidentified
grey or metallic
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Discussion:

The object is said to have been located above the forest and going to Hagenau, the witnesses being in or near Soufflenheim, we can consider that the thing was in an area from the north to the east of witnesses.

What is described initially shows nothing really "alien" and as suggested by the witness himself, something perhaps from our planet.

What is silent, flies slowly, and can produce metallic-looking reflections?

An advertising balloon or a blimp.

The video by cell phone did not pay off: at this hour the lighting is not very good, and the distance was probably quite important; and then, details could not be seen, and a balloon could have remained unrecognizable as such to the witnesses.

Note that this happens on a June 21. It is a day of festivities throughout France: the music festival, and the day of the Summer. A day favorable to the presence of balloons in the sky.

In his second message to Christian Macé, Claude gives little additional text information (still no duration, no specific place, no angular size, etc.); he indicates a video on the Internet that he says shows a UFO similar to what he observed; Unfortunately at the time I write these lines in 2015, the video has disappeared.

All I could find is that this video was part of the Daily Echo article at:
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/2273255.Hampshire_UFO_enthusiast_welcomes__X_Files_/

Now, the blimp no longer seems a good explanation: it is reiterated that the thing rotates on itself, the shape appears to be neither round nor oval like a classic blimp or balloon (except for party balloon). The color which he first said had "gray metallic reflections" is now given as "very dark".

The speed of rotation on itself is not known; but this feature allows without too much risk to eliminates any type of Zeppelin airship and even advertising blimps. There remains the possibility of the small mylar party balloon.

On the other hand, one can also eventually find it strange that the filing of the story on the web is on the same day and the same hour than the date and hour of the alleged sighting...

Above:
All shapes and colors are possible for mylar party balloons.

Evaluation:

Possible party balloon or hoax.

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 May 6, 2015 Creation, [cm1], [cm2], [sp1], [cu1], [is1], [rn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 6, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 12, 2015 Addition [sp4].

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