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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 Marckolsheim, on October 16, 1954:

Case number:



Apparently, the meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m. was also seen from Marckolsheim, we do not know by whom, we do not know how it was described or interpreted.

Some "sighting catalogues" recorded it without giving a decent source and without the explanation although ufologist Aimé Michel had clearly explained the affair of this meteor.


Temporal data:

Date: October 16, 1954
Time: 09:30 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2008
Reporting delay: Day, 5 decades.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Marckolsheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.161
Longitude: 7.546
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km.

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: ?
Type of location: ?
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: ?


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Meteor.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.


The innumerable gathered testimonies show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometers where the phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.


[Ref. uda1] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 October 1954 at 21:30 in Marckolsheim, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".


This case is recorded there as case #19541016, and this information only:

On 10/16/54 at 09:30 p.m. in Marckolsheim in France, there was a sighting of the LN ("Nocturnal Light") type.

The source is given as "DUFOA-Deutschland - SiDat - 1996-2002".



Aimé Michel told it all: a meteor passed, people described it as a meteor but called it a "flying saucer".


The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 9:30 p.m.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 2, 2010 Creation, [uda1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 2, 2010 First publishing in the France 1954 catalogue.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 20, 2014 Additions [aml1], [ubk1], Résumé.
1.2 Patrick Gross August 5, 2022 First publishing in the ALSACAT catalogue.

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