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ALSACAT:

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.

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Case of Strasbourg, in the beginning of April, 1948:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1948-04-00-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

The Vosges newspaper La Liberté de l'Est for April 13, 1948, headlining "Venus and the flying saucers", reported:

STRASBOURG. -- The Strasbourg observatory communicates: a Strasbourg newspaper having echoed celestial phenomena observed in various circumstances by several of its readers and attributed to "unknown craft", the Strasbourg observatory communicates:

"The sightings communicated recently by various people seem to relate quite simply to the planet Venus which is currently shining vividly in the sky after sunset. We caution inexperienced observers of certain illusions frequently caused by atmospheric disturbances (scintillation, passage of high clouds, etc.) in the case of particularly bright stars. For centuries, most returns of Venus to the current phase of maximum brightness have caused similar phenomena."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: Beginnng april 1948
Time: Night.
Duration: ?
First known report date: April 12, 1948
Reporting delay: Hours, days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.588
Longitude: 7.753
Uncertainty ratio: 10 km.

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional PRess.
Type of location: City.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable Venus.

Sources:

[Ref. lie1:] NEWSPAPER "LA LIBERTE DE L'EST":

Venus and the flying saucers

STRASBOURG. -- The Strasbourg observatory communicates: a Strasbourg newspaper having echoed celestial phenomena observed in various circumstances by several of its readers and attributed to "unknown craft", the Strasbourg observatory communicates:

"The sightings communicated recently by various people seem to relate quite simply to the planet Venus which is currently shining vividly in the sky after sunset. We caution inexperienced observers of certain illusions frequently caused by atmospheric disturbances (scintillation, passage of high clouds, etc.) in the case of particularly bright stars. For centuries, most returns of Venus to the current phase of maximum brightness have caused similar phenomena."

Discussion:

Carte.

The first mention of a "flying disc" that I found in the Alsatian press was the article of Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace on July 9, 1947, announcing that the US Army had recovered one in Roswell.

Here is the oldest article I have found so far mentioning flying saucers reportedly seen in Alsace.

Some ufologists think that it was only with the 1954 wave in France that the topic became known; but this is incorrect. The American "waves" of 1947 and 1952 had been echoed of the French press, including the Alsatian regional Press.

As for this observation itself, I will have to find the previous information in the Press to verify whether or not it was Venus; an explanation to keep for the moment.

Evaluation:

Probable Venus.

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 June 4, 2021 Creation, [lie1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 4, 2021 First published.

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