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ALSACAT:

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 January 10, 1978:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1978-01-10-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

In the regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for January 13, 1978, one reads that an inhabitant of rue Schweighaeuser in Strasbourg had witnessed "a curious luminous phenomenon, on Tuesday" (thus un January 10, 1978) around 6 p.m., in the sky.

The witness is quoted as saying:

"At a low altitude, in the direction of the Allée de la Robertsau, I noticed two flashing lights - blue and red - which were also spotted by pupils leaving Vauban school. Half an hour later , when putting my car in the garage, I saw that the flashing had moved high in the sky, towards the oil port ".

The newspaper added that the witness had "even taken a Polaroid photo. But in the photograph, we can only see a small halo with two tiny luminous dots."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: January 10, 1978
Time: 06:00 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes interrupted.
First known report date: January 13, 1978
Reporting delay: 2 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: Schweighaeuser street including from outside.
Latitude: 48.587
Longitude: 7.766
Uncertainty ratio: 200 m.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: Several.
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adult, children.
Witness(es) types: Residents.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ragional newspaper DNA.
Type of location: City street.
Visibility conditions: Evening.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes, unavailable.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Insufficient information.

Sources:

[Ref. dna1:] NEWSPAPER "DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE":

Scan.

"UFOs" in the Moselle and Strasbourg

A motorist, Mrs. Chevrier, saw in the sky, near Troisfontaines (Moselle) a mysterious flying object which, according to her testimony had a strange shape and had green and red lights. A schoolboy from Sarrebourg saw the same phenomenon at about the same place. Mr. Alain Mosson, who was riding a moped near Guebling, observed three unidentified flying objects (UFOs) emitting very bright white lights. According to Mr. Mosson one of these UFOs followed him for nearly two kilometers, illuminating him with a luminous beam.

A resident of rue Schweighaeuser in Strasbourg also witnessed a curious luminous phenomenon on Tuesday around 6 p.m., in the sky. "At low altitude, in the direction of the Allée de la Robertsau, I noticed two flashing lights - blue and red - which were also spotted by pupils leaving the Vauban school. Half an hour later, putting my car in the garage, I saw that the flashing had moved high in the sky, in the direction of the oil harbor." This Strasbourg resident even took a Polaroid photo. But on the picture, we can only see a small halo with two tiny light donts.

Discussion:

Map.

The given street names do not help much as they are almost parallel; I can only say that the phenomenon was rather towards the North of the witness than towards his South at the beginning of the observation.

There are several wharves which could be what is referred to as the "Port aux Pétroles. They run from the northeast to the southeast of the witness. So I think the displacement was notable.

The journalistic report was sorely lacking details; for example, we have a total duration of 30 minutes but there is no indication of the duration of the observation interruption.

It is possible, but by no means proven, that this is a misinterpretation caused by two planes, or one or two helicopters, or something else.

Evaluation:

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 June 14, 2021 Creation, [dna1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 14, 2021 First published.

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