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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 Haguenau, on December 5, 2011:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2011-12-05-HAGUENAU-1

Summary:

An article in the regional newspaper Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace on December 10, 2011, had reported that some people in the north Alsace had witnessed the same phenomenon and had described it in the same terms.

A female reader of Haguenau told the newspaper that on Monday, December 5, 2011, about 6 p.m., while walking home, she had seen in the sky, in the east, a ball of fire "the size of a large grapefruit", quite luminous.

A UFO and paranormal blog then wonderered if it was a meteorite or a UFO.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 5, 2011
Time: ~06:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: December 10, 2011
Reporting delay: Hour, 5 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Haguenau
Place: Walking home in or near Haguenau, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.813
Longitude: 7.790
Uncertainty ratio: 8 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: Walking home in or near city, 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: A ball of fire.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. cm1:] CHRISTIAN MACE:

Ufo or meteorite in the north of Alsace in France on December 5, 2011

Read the article published on line on December 10, 2011, on the website here... :

http://sitemap.dna.fr/articles/201112/10/une-meteorite-dans-le-ciel-nord-alsacien,bas-rhin,000006872.php

[Note: this link is broken.]

Quote:

"Article published in the Saturday, December 10, 2011, issue Bas-Rhin North of Alsace.

A meteorite in the north-Alsace sky? They are several women who witnessed the same phenomenon, and describe it in the same terms. Since the beginning of the week, many readers told us they saw on Monday, December 5 at the end of the afternoon, a strange phenomenon in the northeast Alsatian sky. "It was approximately 6 p.m., says one of them from Haguenau. I went home by foot when I saw in the sky, in the east, a fireball the size of a large grapefruit. It was quite bright... To read the full article... ".

Discussion:

There were several reports of that meteor, in Alsace and elsewhere.

There is no reason at all to claim it could have been "a UFO".

Evaluation:

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 1, 2014 Creation, [cm1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 1, 2014 First published.

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