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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 Lucelle, on May 12, 1975:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1975-05-12-LUCELLE-1

Summary:

The ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #147 for August - September 1975, listing the Press news, reported that on Monday, May 12, 1975, in Lucelle in the Haut-Rhin, according to the newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for May 15, 1975, Mr. Alphonse Gaser, his family and six customers observed around 9:00 p.m., a luminous object near the TV transmitter "Les Ordons" for 3 to 4 minutes. Shaped like an orange ball of fire, the object was gigantic, motionless a few hundred meters southeast of the TV station, above the trees. It suddenly disappeared "as if it had been turned off."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: May 12, 1975
Time: 09:00 p.m.
Duration: 3 to 4 minutes.
First known report date: May 15, 1975
Reporting delay: 3 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Lucelle
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.421
Longitude: 7.246
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 9 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information.

Sources:

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

Scan.

MONDAY MAY 12, 1975: LUCELLE (Haut-Rhin)

Mr. Alphonse Gaser, his family and six clients were able to observe, at around 9:00 pm, a luminous object near the "Les Ordons" TV transmitter for 3 to 4 minutes. Shaped like an orange ball of fire, the object was gigantic, motionless a few hundred yards SE of the TV relay, above the trees. The object suddenly disappeared "as if it had been turned off".

(Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, for 5/15/75).

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

The magazine published a call by Michel Figuet to delegates and investigators; he was looking for information on cases, including:

CE1

051976 Dannemarie

68210 B6

(Lucelle)

Discussion:

Map.

The TV tower "Les Ordons" is at 3.7 km in the South-South-West (196°) of the center of the hamlet of Lucelle.

Carte.

We are not told exactly where the witnesses were. As we are told of a family and "six customers", it was probably a shop or cafe or restaurant, but there a number of those are in all directions around "Les Ordons". I have identified one which according to my research would be the right one, located 6 km North-North-East of the transmitter. The phenomenon would therefore have been quite far in the direction 209°.

A check of the astronomical situation gives me this:

At 209°, there is nothing remarkable. Venus is at 283°, elevation 22°. The Moon is at 297° (Northwest), elevation 2° 50'. Mars set since 2:30 p.m. So there is nothing that from Lucelle or the place I think I found would have been in the right direction "to the South-East" of the transmitter.

Now, the report is very succinct. Nothing would prevent from thinking of a meteor, or a military drill flare, for example. An "unidentified" therefore, but certainly not enough to assure that this was an extraterrestrial craft.

Evaluation:

Unidentified, insufficient 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 29, 2021 Creation, [ldl1], [ldl2].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 29, 2021 First published.

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