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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 Staffelfelden, on March 15, 1977:

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In the 1970s, Mrs. Gueudeulot, archivist of the French ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit, noted observation reports transmitted by the magazine's correspondents. This archive surfaced in the 2020's through the efforts of the "Sceau" association which is dedicated to the preservation of UFO archives.

Among the apparently unpublished cases found there, there is an observation report sent by her correspondent Mr. Pernot, dated March 15, 1977:

Around 10 p.m., a young girl riding a moped in the Staffelfelden forest to reach her home, coming from Wittenheim, saw in the sky towards the South two large red-orange dots moving at very high speed.

She said it was nothing like an airplane, and it didn't make any noise.

These two dots were followed at a short distance by another yellow-white light with a very bright appearance.

It only lasted a few seconds.

She was scared and once home, she refrained from telling those around her about that, for fear of scoffing.


Temporal data:

Date: March 15, 1977
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Duration: A few seconds.
First known report date: In the 1970's
Reporting delay: Day, years.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Staffelfelden
Place: On moped in the forest of Staffelfelden coming from Wittenheim
Latitude: 47.817
Longitude: 7.286
Uncertainty radius: 2 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Teenager or youg adult.
Witness(es) types: Female.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: LDLN archive, local ufologist Mr. Pernot.
Type of location: On moped in forest.
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: Frightened.
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: NL.
ALSACAT: Unidentified, insufficient information.




MARCH 15, 1977.-


Time: around 10 p.m.

A young girl riding a moped in the STAFFELFELDEN forest to reach her home and coming from WITTENHEIM, sees in the sky, heading SOUTH, two large red-orange dots moving at very high speed. According to the witness, nothing comparable to an airplane, just as this phenomenon did not emit any noise. These two dots were followed at a short distance by another yellow-white light with a very bright appearance. This appearance lasted only a few seconds. The witness became frightened and once returned, refrained from telling those around her for fear of ridicule.






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:


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

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 13, 2023 Creation, [ald1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 13, 2023 First published.

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