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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 Saverne, on March 21, 2015:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2015-03-21-SAVERNE-1

Summary:

On March 26, 2015, "Luce G", a 29-year-old housewife, reported on the ufology forum "Les Mystères des OVNIS" her observation of a "strange light in the sky", of March 21, 2015, from 08:40 p.m. on, in Saverne in the Bas-Rhin.

She says was looking to the south, trying to see the Big Dipper, and saw two stars quite close to each other. One of the two "stars" was moving from north to south and she followed her, and took two pictures "almost overhead".

She said she was "90° from the ground" on her balcony on the first floor, and she rotated of "180°" because the spot was moving slowly northward.

She says that "on two more shots the gutter is on the right, as my house is oriented north-south."

She says "not seeing it on the screen because of the north", she framed "as when zeroing and observing the picture in which it appeared, the bright star formed what you observed in the picture". She thought she would get "a relatively fixed star without effect around."

The light went away more and more, and found itself above the A4 motorway.

The observation lasted one or two minutes under a clear sky of "twilight" kind. She did not report her observation officially and does not report any other witness.

She indicates that the observed phenomenon was silent, the light spots moved in straight line, and reports the presence of a military zone there.

A sighting reports analyst of the forum asked her confirm the north to south path because she contradicted herself about it; he asked whether the object would have performed a U-turn.

He indicates that at that time there, there were neither visible satellites nor airliners in the air.

Unfortunately the witness did not answer his question. She posted the pictures on the forum, they are available below.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 21, 2015
Time: 08:40 p.m.
Duration: 1 to 2 minutes.
First known report date: March 26, 2015
Reporting delay: 6 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Saverne
Place: From the balcony at the 2nd floor at home, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.740
Longitude: 7.367
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 29
Witness(es) types: Local housewife.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: By the web to the ufology forum "Les Mystères des OVNIS".
Type of location: From the balcony at the 2nd floor at home, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Evening.
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Low strangeness, possible plane or helicopter.

Sources:

[Ref. my1:] FORUM "LES MYSTERES DES OVNIS":

LuceG
Sympathetic participation
Female Age: 29
Numer of messages: 12
Registered on: 02/15/2015
Localization: Alsace - 67
Job: Mother, housewife
Hobbies: Photography

Subject: 2015: on 03/21 at 08:40 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Ufos in Saverne - Bas-Rhin (dep.67) Thu Mar 26, 2015, 01:25 p.m.

Ufo observation 2015: on 03/21 at 08:40 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Saverne - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Firstname or pseudo : LuceG
City: Saverne
Department: Bas-Rhin (dep.67)
Region: Alsace launch a call for witness: http://www.lalsace.fr
Country: France
Date: 03/21/2015
Hour of the beginning of the observation: 08:40 p.m.
Duration of the observation: 1-2 minute

Weather conditions: Clear sky
Number of witnesses: 1
Type of phenomenon: Strange ligh in the sky
Officially reported: No

Complete observation report:

I looked to the south, I was looking for the bif Diper [sic], I saw two stars quite close to each other, and the sky is very clear, at dusk, one of the two stars advanced from north to south and I followed it, I took two pictures almost above me, I was at 90° from the ground on my balcony on the second floor, I rotate 180 degrees as the spot quietly went towards the north. On the other two images the gutter is on the right, as my house is oriented north-south. Do not see it on the screen because of the north, I framed it like a zeroing and observing the shot that appeared, the bright star formed what you observed in the picture, I thought I had a relatively fixed star, without effect around it. Then the light went away more and more, and ended up above the A4.

Precise description: Luminous spot moving without noise
Color:
Size of the phenomenon:
Behaviour: Straight line moves
Trajectory: south - north specified
Specific noise: No
Specific odor: No
Direction of the object relative to the wind: not specified
Presence of facilities: Military area
Similar photo: No photo
Table: No photo

Attachments (photos, videos, map):

Enlarge this image Click here to see it in its original size.

Field investigation requested: to be specified

Investigator in charge of the file:

Keywords: Ufo, Ufology, Witnesses reports, Alsace launch a call for witness: http://www.lalsace.fr, France, 08:40 p.m., 21, ,

I hereby certify the accuracy of the information provided and the authenticity of the documents supplied. I do not know how to identify this phenomenon thank you in advance for your answers. to be specified

Regards LuceG

wacapou
Observations analyst
Male Age: 67
Number of messages: 3405
Registered on: 08/07/2012
Localization: Nantes
Job: retired
Hobbies: informatics

Subject: 2015: on 03/21 at 08:40 p.m. - Strange light in the sky - Ufos in Saverne - Bas-Rhin (dep.67) Fri Mar 27, 2015, 01:26 p.m.

Hello LuceG

Something to solve :

@LuceG wrote:

... one of the two stars moved from the north to the south and I followed it ...

...

... i pivoted of 180° because the luminous spot quietly moved to the north ...

...

Trajectory: south - north specified

Do you confirm the north --> south trajectory ?

Or did the luminous spot make a U-turn (the two first sentences are in contradiction).

Search for satellites visible at that time : none.

Search for airlines at that time : none.

Weather Saverne on 03/21/2015 08:40 p.m.
Wind from the northwest of 14,8 to 18,5 Km/h

Good afternoon.

Discussion:

On the second picture, I do see something. But there is no EXIF data; so I do not know if the appearance of three points aligned vertically is real of is the effect of camera shake and long exposure (logical by night).

The witness also seeming surprised by this "effect" she has not seen visually, it is likely that it is a shake effect.

The color looks white, making it unlikely - but not impossible - that it was a Chinese lantern.

For the rest, the story seems a little confused, mostly about the directions, as noted by the web forum analyst.

It also quite without precision. For example, the lady says that by the end of observation, her luminous spot was above the A4 motorway. But the A4 runs from northeast to northwest of Saverne, giving a heading uncertainty of almost 180 degrees...

At 27 km to the east of Saverne, lies the Haguenau airfield, and at as many kilometers to the southeast, lies the Entzheim airport. Although no airliner was in the air at this time and this place, I cannot exclude a small plane or helicopter, certainly quite far as it reportedly emitted no noise.

Evaluation:

Low strangeness, possible plane or helicopter.

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 September 3, 2015 Creation, [my1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 3, 2015 First published.

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