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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 between Duntzenheim and Ingenheim, on July 14, 2012:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2012-07-14-DUNTZENHEIM-1

Summary:

On July 15, 2012, someone published on Youtube a video titled "Ufo night of July 14 to 15, 2012, at about 00:15 a.m."

The comment says: "Between Duntzenheim and Ingenheim, about 5 or 6 luminous orange dots, which moved slowly forming a figure Big Dipper style."

The 38 seconds shaky video taken from a car in motion just shows some bright spec in the sky.

On the web forum of SPICA, an Alsatian association of ufology, there was a message saying that the person and his/her mate, both Alsatians, had seen and filmed in poor quality about six strange orange balls in the sky; which moved without noise, in the same direction towards the east. The witness adds that these balls were forming "a figute like the pan of the Big Dipper."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 14 or 15, 2012
Time: 00:15 a.m.
Duration: 38 seconds or more.
First known report date: July 15, 2012
Reporting delay: 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Duntzenheim, Ingenheim
Place: From a car between Duntzenheim and Ingenheim, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.724
Longitude: 7.532
Uncertainty ratio: 1.5 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Video published on Youtube.
Type of location: From a car between villages, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: UFO

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable Chinese lanterns.

Sources:

[Ref. yo1:] REPORT AND VIDEO ON "YOUTUBE":

Ufo night ot July 14 to 15, 2012 at abouts 00:15 a.m.

Akoufene Independant label in Alsace · 55 videos

Published July 15, 2012

Between Duntzenheim and Ingenheim, about 5 or 6 luminous orange dots, which moved slowly forming a figure Big Dipper style.

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

Duntzenheim (67) 15/07/2012

Source Forum Spica

Between Duntzenheim and Ingenheim, abouts [sic] 5 or 6 luminous orange dots, that moved slowly making a formation of the style of the Big Dipper.

Title : Night of 14 to 15 July, 2012, Alsace

Message : At about 00:15 i managed to observed [sic] with my mate, strange orange balls in the sky, abouts [sic] 6...that moved without noise, in the same direction..to the east. We are from region Alsace. This balls made a figute kind like the pan of the big diper [sic]...i put a video (poor quality) on youtube. http://youtu.be/bxEOuHVt7Q0

[Ref. sp4:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
DUNTZENHEIM Sunday 15 July 2012 at 00h15 luminous dot
Unidentified
orange
Aeronautical reduced
Strong hypothesis

Discussion:

The video hardly helps, but the report is typical of reports of Chinese lanterns mistaken for UFOs.

Moreover, this is on National Day, among villages where Chinese lanterns are usually launched in celebration of the 14th July.

Evaluation:

Probable Chinese lanterns.

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 April 2, 2014 Creation, [yo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 2, 2014 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 11, 2015 Addition [sp4].
1.2 Patrick Gross August 28, 2015 Addition [sp1]. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "On the web forum of SPICA...".

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