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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 Wolschwiller, on August 7, 2017:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2017-08-00-ALSACE-1

Summary:

One Danny Mossmer published on August 14, 2017, on Youtube a video of what he called "UFO !! / RED BALL !!", or "Strange observation" in the sky of Alsace.

He reported that after filming "these strange red balls," he shared the "videos" to maybe find out more about it. He adds that he filmed them with a Nikon P900 camera with 83x zoom, that they are not planes because he knows very well how to recognize them. He gives neither a place, nor a date, nor an hour.

In the video, he indicates by texts that he was sitting in the middle of the country with two friends, when one of them noticed two red balls in the sky that remained motionless, and one that was moving rather quickly.

He then speaks of two luminous dots, one on the left and one on the right of the "ball", which "flashes" from time to time.

He indicates that he regrets not having had any tripod, and that he now shows the second "red ball", the one that was moving. He ends with a picture.

Everything looks like a video of Chinese lanterns, if not the "flickering" lights mentioned on both sides of the first "ball". Unfortunately, I am not able to rule out that thes flickering side lights may be a simple artifact from the intensive use of the digital zoom.

On January 14, 2018, someone repblished with the authorization of the original author the same video oon his "Youtube channel" abut UFOs, with the title "'UFO' a huge red ballin the sky of (wolscwiller ALSACE) FRANCE", with the date August 7, 2017, amd the hour of about 10 p.m.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 7, 2017
Time: ~10:00 p.m.
Duration: 3 minutes or more.
First known report date: August 14, 2017
Reporting delay: 1 week.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Wolschwiller
Place: In the country of Wolschwiller, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 47.462
Longitude: 7.409
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 3
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Video and comment posted on Youtube.
Type of location: In the country, UDO 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: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Not planes.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable Chinese lanterns.

Sources:

[Ref. yo1:] ON "YOUTUBE":

UFO !!/ RED BALL!! , Strange observation in the sky of alsace

1 446 views

danny mossmer

Added August 14, 2017

after havin films these strange red ball, i share the videos for maybe learn more on this topic, i insist on saysin this was filmd with a nikon p900 camera zoom 83x, and that no its not planes i can very well recognize plane in the sky even by nite. give your opinion and comments, good viewing !!

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People and blogs

In the video, he indicates by texts that he was sitting in the middle of the country with two friends, when one of them noticed two red balls in the sky that remained motionless, and one that was moving rather quickly.

He then speaks of two luminous dots, one on the left and one on the right of the "ball", which "flashes" from time to time.

He indicates that he regrets not having had any tripod, and that he now shows the second "red ball", the one that was moving. He ends with a picture.

[Ref. yo2:] ON "YOUTUBE":

On January 14, 2018, someone repblished with the authorization of the original author the same video oon his "Youtube channel" abut UFOs, with the title "'UFO' a huge red ballin the sky of (wolscwiller ALSACE) FRANCE", with the date August 7, 2017, amd the hour of about 10 p.m.

Discussion:

Everything looks like a video of Chinese lanterns, if not the "flickering" lights mentioned on both sides of the first "ball". Unfortunately, I am not able to rule out that the flickering side lights may be a simple artifact from the intensive use of the digital zoom.

Since 2005, Chinese lanterns constitute the bulk of the "testimonies" of UFOs found on websites devoted to the subject of UFOs and essentially publishing such "web report"; generally the only treatment is the publication, without any information on a possible cause, without any investigation or comment.

In Alsace, such releases are especially popular now since fireworks and firecrackers, long tolerated, are now prohibited for use unless special exemptions; Alsatians therefore largely adopted the lanterns.

As these lanterns are usually released at private or public parties, they are most often seen on Saturday nights, often at wedding dates or official festivities such as the National Day or New Year's Eve, usually between 10 p.m. and midnight. They are then usually released in clusters. But sometimes the purchaser performs a "test flight" a few days before, sometimes with a single lantern.

Above:

A Chinese lantern.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 16, 2018 Creation, [yo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2018 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross July 13, 2018 Addition [yo2]. Change of case place and date, was Alsace, August 2017. In the Summary, addition of the paragraph "On January 14, 2018..."

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