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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 Rauwiller, on May 8, 1969:

Case number:



In the UFOVNI bulletin for the third quarter 2008, by the Groupe d'Etudes et de Recherches Ufologiques (GERU) based in the North of France, we learn that a Mr. P. Buhler, from Rauwiller in the Bas-Rhin, noticed on May 8, 1969, at 09:15 p.m., an object brighter than Jupiter by 1 magnitude, flying in the south to north direction with strong perturbations in its trajectory.

It took ten minutes to get from one horizon to the other.


Temporal data:

Date: May 8, 1969
Time: ~09:15 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes.
First known report date: 2008
Reporting delay: 4 decades.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Rauwiller
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.811
Longitude: 7.108
Uncertainty ratio: 6 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology bulletin UFOVNI.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: NL


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified but low strangeness and sparese information.


[Ref. uo1:] "UFOVNI" BULLETIN:

From Mr. P. Buhler, of RAUWILLER ( Bas-Rhin ). Has noticed that on May 8, 1969, at about 09:15 p.m. approximately, the presence of an object more brilliant than Jupiter od 1 magnitude and going in the south-north direction with strong perturbations in its trajectory. It took ten minutes to go from one horizon to the other.


City Date and hour of observation General shape
General color
RAUWILLER Wednesday 8 May 1968 21:15 luminous dot
information not communicated
Unsolved -lack of info


It is hard to get a good idea of what was seen; this seems actually not very weird, with a small size for example. The erratic trajectory should have been described with details.


Unidentified but low strangeness and sparse information.

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
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 2, 2015 Creation, [uo1], [spa4].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 2, 2015 First published.

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