ALSACAT -> Homeclick!
Cette page en françaisCliquez!

ALSACAT:

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 Strasbourg, on July 6, 1970:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1970-07-06-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

In the UFO sightings section of the "Contact Lecteurs" supplement to the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #5 of January 1971, one finds the report of a Mr. Scharinger, from Strasbourg, about his observation of July 6, 1970 at 11:17 p.m.:

"Often in the evening I walk, as today, in the alley which borders my garden when I saw an object coming from the east which, on a regular trajectory, seemed to move towards the west. Its round shape was sparkling orange in color. Its apparent dimension was that of a 5-cent coin held at arm's length. The observation time was approximately 30"."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 6, 1970
Time: 11:17 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes.
First known report date: January 1971
Reporting delay: Days, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: Alley near home garden.
Latitude: 48.576
Longitude: 7.744
Uncertainty ratio: 10 kms

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Man, resident.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine LDLN.
Type of location: Outside near home.
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: ?

Sources:

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

Scan

67 - BAS-RHIN STRASBOURG

July 6, 1970 at 11:17 p.m..

Often in the evening I walk, as today, in the alley which borders my garden when I saw an object coming from the east which, on a regular trajectory, seemed to move towards the west. Its round shape was sparkling orange in color. Its apparent dimension was that of a 5-cent coin held at arm's length. The observation time was approximately 30". Observation by M. Scharinger.

Discussion:

Carte.

The given angular size, if it were quite accurate, would be the apparent size of somehting like the Moon; maybe bigger, maybe smaller, but certainly much larger than a star or planet.

The angular height is not given. The direction is that it seem to come from the East and moved to the West.

On the skymap for that date and hour and from Strasbourg, there appears to be no Moon, no planet Mars or any other remarkable astronomical object in the East. Nothing of the sort in ths south.

In the West, Venus was set for long - and it is never orange. Jupiter was in the sky at 242°, height 11°, and set at 00:30 a.m.

99.15% of its surface is illuminated, it is then at 767 million km from Earth (Minimum 591 million kilometers, maximum 750 million km, so that its brightness hardly varies except by its illumination by the sun.)

One could hardly say it was going from East to West, it was already in the West, low, descending very slowly.

So I don't see a convincing astronomical explanation.

One may think of a plane, but the half-hour of observation seems rather long. A helicopter is possible, but the orange color of its light would be a bit surprising and we are not told about sound or silence.

This case therefore remains for me an "unidentified", but of low strangeness, without investigation and with very little data.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, low strangeness, poor information.

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 May 19, 2021 Creation, [ldl1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 19, 2021 First published.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict



 Feedback  |  Top  |  Back  |  Forward  |  Map  |  List |  Home
This page was last updated on May 19, 2021.