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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 Landersheim, on October 21, 2008:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2008-10-21-LANDERSHEIM-1

Summary:

On 22 October 2008, one "Papou" reportedly published his testimony on the web forum of the Alsatian ufology association SPICA.

Under the title "luminous trail", he said that on October 21, 2008, at 06:50 a.m., driving on the heights of Landersheim to go to his workplace, he saw a large trail of light passing through the sky and the clouds in the direction of Strasbourg.

He said that the vehicles in front of his had slowed down and he was thus not the only who saw it; he then asked if anyone else had seen it who would know what its origin was.

He assured that this had nothing to do with a shooting star, it was "huge" and "it was in our atmosphere."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: October 21, 2008
Time: 06:50 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: October 22, 2008
Reporting delay: 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Landersheim
Place: From the car, driving on the heights of Landersheim, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.689
Longitude: 7.495
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Web report to the web forum of local ufology group SPICA.
Type of location: From car driving on a hill, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night
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: Unidentified, not a shooting star.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable meteor.

Sources:

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

Landersheim (67) 10/21/2008

Source : Forum SPICA

Hello friends, on October 21, 2008 at 6:50 driving at the level of Landersheim to go to work, a large trail of light across the sky and through the clouds towards Strasbourg, vehicles in front of me also sl-owed down so I was not the only one to have seen it, did someone else see it and knows its origin?

PS: nothing to do with a shooting star, it was "huge", it was actually inside our atmosphere.

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

10/22/2008 - 06:50 - Bas-Rhin (67) - Big trail of light

Testimony deposited by Papou on 10/12/2008 on the SPICA Forum.

Direct link: http://www.spica.org/sujet-ovni-ufo-461024.php

Title: luminous trail

Citation:

Hello friends, on October 21, 2008 at 6:50 driving at the level of Landersheim to go to work, a large trail of light across the sky and through the clouds towards Strasbourg, vehicles in front of me also sl-owed down so I was not the only one to have seen it, did someone else see it and knows its origin?

PS: nothing to do with a shooting star, it was "huge", it was actually inside our atmosphere.

RNCSC note: there is several missing information, such as the speed of the phenomenon, a clarification of the word "huge" or the color of this light. This may be a meteorite (Orionids) just like anything, so this testimony is considered currently as unexplained.

[Ref. sp1:] SPICA UFLOGY GROUP:

Landersheim (67) October 21, 2008 at 6:50

Source: SPICA Forum

Driving on the heights of Landersheim to go to work, a large trail of light crossd [sic] the sky and the clouds towards Strasbourg, vehicles in front of me slowed down so I was not the only one to have seen it. Nothing to do with a shooting star, it was huge, it was really in our atmosphere.

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
LANDERSHEIM Tuesday 21 October 2008 at 06:50 various others
Unidentified
information not communicated
Naturel reentry
Naturel reentry

Discussion:

From October 16 to 27, the Orionids meteor shower occurs, and the peak is precisely on the October 21st, and around 06:24 a.m. local time for 2008.

It has been shown that their peak follows a periodicity of 12 years, and that the higher rates were indeed expected for 2008 to 2010.

What the witness saw was probably a solitary meteor, or a meteor related to the Orionids but bigger than their usual shooting stars.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 30, 2014 Creation, [rn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 30, 2014 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 4, 2015 Addition [sp2].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 12, 2015 Addition [sp4].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 28, 2015 Addition [sp1].

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