An article originally published in the October 21, 2001 issue of the daily newspaper "Le Progrès du Jura," Lons-le-Saunier, France, by René Tribut.
Strange lights in the sky friday night:
One of our correspondents made a rather intriguing observation when he looked at the sky Friday evening. Puzzling enough so that he seeked to make contacts and testified.
At the very least, it is a striking observation intrigante that one of our correspondents of lédonian area made on Friday evening. This person whose reliability we assess since known for a long time, left his home, as he usually does before going to bed, a little later than 10:00pm. And Friday evening, something immediately drew his attention: in addition to the stars in the sky, there was forty twinkling lights.
"Gleams of a similar intensity than normal stars and dispersed in all the part of sky that I looked at. It was strange. I had never seen anything like this in my all life. At this time, I saw approximately a third of the sky and I looked towards the South" the witness explains. The south, according to him, and relative to his position then, corresponded to the vertical of Plainoiseau - L'Etoile. It could be indeed much farther. It is about a direction relative to the situation of the observer, who acknowledges that he did not have the idea to look towards the North.
Testify and have other notice
In any case, the phenomenon intrigued him sufficiently so that it seeked to contact our services. But at this time, our office is already closed. The man then thought for a minute that he should call an astronomical observatory. But he did not have any numbers. So he logically went to the police.
The officer on duty "listened carefully, asked me to wait a few moments, went to the window, returned and confirmed to me: I see the same thing as you" said our correspondant. The observation made by our witness lasted on a whole a half hour approximately.
"I woke up early Saturday morning, towards 7:15am. I immediately went to see. But the sky was covered."
Our man contacted an amateur astronomers club Saturday, a club that often organizes nightwatches. At the end of the telephone conversation, the president of this club, which did not make any particular observations Friday evening, was intrigued.
Other people could also have noticed something strange Friday evening, or have information. They may contact our staff at Lons (03.84.86.07.25)