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July 7 and 8, 1954, Dijon, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 7 and 8-Jul-54-Dijon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

A catalog of press articles by the ufology group ADRUP in 1982 indicates that the regional newspaper Le Bien Public, of Dijon, for July 9, 1954, reported that one of their readers "whose good faith cannot be doubted," reported to them the appearance on the nights of July 7 and July 8, 1954, of a "strange object" in the sky.

On the night of Wednesday 7 to Thursday 8, it was a kind of very bright big star that wandered for half an hour in the sky, going up and down before "disappearing" to the south. On the night of Friday 9, around 10 p.m., the object made a new incursion and after 15 minutes of maneuvers, disappeared to the northwest this time.

Reports:

[Ref. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

VENDREDI 9 JUILLET : UNE SOUCOUPE VOIANTE AU DESSUS DE DIJON - -

Un de nos lecteurs dont la bonne foi ne peut être mise en doute, nous signale l'apparition, deux nuits consécutives, d'un étrange objet dans le ciel. Dans le nuit de jeudi à vendredi, une sorte de grosse étoile très brillante se promena pendant 1/2 heure dans le ciel, en montant et descendant avant de disparaitre vers le Sud. Hier soir, vers 10 H nouvelle incursion de l'objet qui, après I/4 heure d'évolution, disparut vers le Nord-Ouest cette fois. A verser au dossier des soucoupes...

The source is given as the newspaper Le Bien Public.

[Ref. via1:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

54 07 07 / DIJON / 10 PM / NL / P /

M. X observed, for about half an hour, in the sky, a kind of shining star.

(Source: Bien Public, 9.7.54)

54 07 08 / DIJON / 10 PM / NL / P /

Same observation as the previous one.

(Source: the same)

[Ref. via3:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE - ADRUP:

This magazine listed this case:

54 07 07 10 p.m. NL Dijon

54 07 08 10 p.m. NL Dijon

[Ref. aln1:] ALAIN LEQUIEN:

The author indicates that in its issue of July 9, 1954, Le Bien Public titled: "a flying saucer above Dijon", and wrote:

"One of our readers whose good faith cannot be doubted informs us of the appearance during 2 consecutive nights of a strange object in the sky."

"On the night of Thursday to Friday, a sort of big, very bright star wandered for half an hour in the sky, rising and falling before disappearing towards the south."

"Yesterday evening, around 10 p.m., another incursion of the object which, after a quarter of an hour of evolution, disappeared towards the north-west this time."

"To be added to the saucers file..."

The author indicates that "the specialists [of course this comes from my Web page] studied these cases, in particular the position of the various planets in the sky. It appears very probable that this witness first took Mars or Antares for a saucer the first evening, then the next night it was Venus."

Explanations:

For the night from the 7th to the 8th, the hour is not given, the direction is the South, at least for the "disappearance". We have planet Mars at 11:40 p.m., star Antares at 10:00 p.m.. Antares like Mars is still in the sky well after half an hour of observation, and set not really to the South. Around 10 p.m., both "go up", both begin to "descend" towards 11:20 p.m.

For the night of the 8th to the 9th, it was at 10 p.m., it lasted a quarter of an hour and "disappeared" to the northwest. We have Venus to the West-northwest at very low elevation, soon setting in the north-west.

It is therefore possible that this witness first took Mars for a saucer, then the next evening, Venus. In any case, there is not much to claim it really was a flying saucer.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, unique, night, star, brilliant, ascending, descending, duration

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross January 30, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross February 11, 2021 Additions [via3], [aln1].

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