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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.

Case of Mulhouse, on November 30, 1995:

Case number:



A UFO sightings catalog using information from the old "UFOCAT" in the US says that on November 30, 1995, at 07:00 a.m. in Mulhouse, Alsace, France, "a ball was observed" at night.

Second, the Spanish ufologist Juan-Vicente Ballester-Olmos listed the case in his catalog of UFO photographs, UFOCAT.

I finally found the primary source, the ufology magazine Phenomena, #32, of March 1996, in which the ufology group "SOS UFO" reported that on November 30, 1995, at 07:00 a.m., someone located in the suburbs of Mulhouse, leaving home, saw "an ovoid phenomenon of quite large size."

An attempt was made to locate a camera to take a picture, but there was no time.

But thirty seconds later, towards the northwest, the witness had seen "a luminous dot which grows rapidly", which then moved towards the East "leaving like a line in the sky, perfectly straight and the thickness of the phenomenon itself."

The whole thing then came to a standstill, grew for about ten seconds giving the impression of getting closer, then started again where it had come from. The luminous dot gradually "erased" the line, then resorbed and disappeared completely.

SOS UVNI Est then indicates that two photos had been taken, but as they showed nothing, the witness threw away the negatives. Their investigationss carried out with the military authorities, including Air force Base 132 in Colmar - Meyenheim, did not yield anything, the first military aircraft to take off being scheduled for 10:30 (UT). SOS OVNI therefore did not find an explanation.


Temporal data:

Date: November 30, 1995
Time: 07:00 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: March 1996
Reporting delay: Days, 6 months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.749
Longitude: 7.336
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine Phénoména.
Type of location: Outside.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: ?
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes, not available.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: NL or BLURFO
ALSACAT: Totally insufficient information.




SOS OVNI - End of December 1995.

A person located in the suburbs of Mulhouse observed, on November 30, at 07:00 (Local Time), while leaving home, an ovoid phenomenon of quite large size. The person rushes home to take a camera, to take a picture from his/her balcony, but once outside, he/she finds that there is nothing left. About thirty seconds later, however, towards the north-west, he/she saw a bright spot which was growing rapidly.

After a few moments, the dot moves east, leaving a line in the sky, perfectly straight and the thickness of the phenomenon itself.

The whole (dot + line) then comes to a standstill, grows for ten seconds, giving the witness the impression that it is getting closer before leaving where it came from. The light dot gradually "erases" the line, then reabsorbs and disappear completely.

The investigation carried out by SOS OVNI Est revealed that two photos had been taken. As they showed nothing, the witness threw away the negatives.

In addition, the investigation carried out with the military authorities (in particular those of the BA 132 Colmar Meyenheim) did not yield anything. The first military aircraft to take off is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (UT). No explanation could therefore be found by SOS OVNI Est, which is looking for other witnesses.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

17465: 1995/11/30 07:00 9 7:21:00 E 47:44:00 N 3333 WEU FRN HRH 6:6


Ref#226 PHENOMENA bimonthly. SOS-OVNI France Issue No. 32 : RESIDENT'L

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

30 November 1995 07:00

Mulhouse, Alsace, France

One ball was observed.

Hynek rating: NL
Vallee rating: FB1

The sources are indicated as: "Phenomena,; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002."


This ufologist lists that on 30/11/1995, there was a UFO photograph case in "Mulhouse, Haute Rhin (France)" according to "Phénomèna, 32 (Larry Hatch database)."



The report is very thin and even shoddy.

The first phenomenon seems much more interesting than the second, but we are told nothing more than: "an ovoid phenomenon of quite large size." This might have been almost anything, from the balloon to the meteor to the plane and whatnot.

The second phenomenon does not seem to be related to the first, or else, it is not clearly specified.

No direction, no angular velocity, no angular size, no duration are given...

We are told that the witness did not have time to take a photo, then that he (or she) took two which did not yeld anything. Again, this is not clear. I suppose that the witness did not have time to photograph the first phenomenon, which was no longer there when he or she came out of his / her house with the camera, and that the photo attempt was made on the second phenomenon.

For the second phenomenon, SOS OVNI says they found no explanation because there was no military plane planned at the time; but nothing is said about civilian planes.

The description of this second phenomenon could be that of a passage of a spraying aircraft for example. As we are not told anything about the place ("the suburb of Mulhouse"), this will remain unverifiable, but possible. (For example, towards the south of Brunstatt, in those years there was often spraying of insecticides by aircraft and helicopters along the Ill river and its marshes.)


Totally 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
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 10, 2015 Creation, [uda1], [jbo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 10, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 26, 2021 Addition [lhh1].
1.2 Patrick Gross june 2, 2021 Addition [pha1]. In the Summary, deleted "It apparently came from the French ufology magazine 'Phénoména.'". In the Summary, addition from "I finally found the primary source" to "SOS OVNI therefore did not find an explanation." In the Duiscussion, removed "Three times alas, I have no sighting report, no photograph, no primary source.", new Discussion

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