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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 the Hohneck, on July 1999:

Case number:



An article in the newspaper La Liberté de l'Est for July 25, 1999, was about "a UFO on the route des Crêtes".

A man contemplating the view of the Alps from the Hohneck, waiting for daybreak inside his car, saw a luminous ball which moved slowly. He said: "I thought I saw a big star," "I even thought of an airliner."

But it was moving too fast, and suddenly vanished in a luminescent trail.

The newspaper wondered whether it was a natural phenomenon "or a spaceship" and commented: "We will opt for the second solution. The Dutch being missing in July, pros of toursime will do with little green men."


Temporal data:

Date: July 1999
Time: Sunrise.
Duration: ?
First known report date: July 25, 1999
Reporting delay: Day, weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Metzeral
Place: From the Hohneck, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.037
Longitude: 7.015
Uncertainty radius: 500 m

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Young adult, adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Male.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The regional Press.
Type of location: From mountain top, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Sunrise-
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
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: A big star, and airliner, a UFO.


Hynek: NL or DD
ALSACAT: Probable meteor.




The notebook

A U.F.O. on the route des crêtes

Man loves the early mornings, especially with a view of the Alps. How not resist the call of daybreak especially when we know that the sun will be at the rendezvous. Posted in his car, at the Honneck [sic] our gérômois is waiting with some impatience the big moment, when the sun has an appointment with the moon. Suddenly, his eye is attracted by a luminous ball which is moving slowly. "I thought I saw a big star," says the man. "I even thought of an airliner." Nay the U.F.O. was moving too quickly to suddenly evaporate in a luminescent trail. Is it a natural phenomenon or a spaceship? We will opt for the second solution. As Dutchmen are missing in July, tourism pros will do with little green men.



An article of scoffing ome as the press published from time to time, for a phenomenon that furiously evokes a simple meteor.


Probable meteor.

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 July 29, 2015 Creation, [let1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 29, 2015 First published.

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