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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 Mulhouse, on July 5, 2002:

Case number:



Via the newspaper L'Alsace for July 10, 2002, myself and another local member of the French Federation of Ufology (F.F.U.) launched a call for witnesses for a sighting in our area on July 5, 2002 at 10:30 p.m. We had received several other testimonies in return, some of which may relate to the sighting in question, others clearly relating to earlier sightings in the Haut-Rhin.

Following this call for witnesses, the secretariat of the F.F.U. noted among others a call of July 10, 2002, from an 83-year-old lady living in Mulhouse, who said she had seen a luminous triangle motionless for at least 15 minutes, with three lights on the edges, in the evening of July 5, 2002.


Temporal data:

Date: July 5, 2002
Time: Evening.
Duration: 15 minutes or more.
First known report date: July 10, 2002
Reporting delay: 5 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse
Place: Avenue de Lutterbach
Latitude: 47.743
Longitude: 7.321
Uncertainty radius: 20 m.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: 83
Witness(es) types: Female resident.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: To the FFU after call for witness in the regional Press.
Type of location: City building apartment.
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: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Insufficient information.



Through the regional newspaper L'Alsace for July 10, 2002, a local member, like I was then too, of the Fédération Française d'Ufologie (French Federation of Ufology, FFU) had a call to witness published about a sighting report in our area, the Haut-Rhin department:


Following this call to witnesses, the FFU secretary had received a dozen phone calls, all without direct connection with the sighting report that prompted our call to witnesses.

"Luminous triangle motionless during at least 15 minutes, with three lights on the corners."



On this satellite view of the city of Mulhouse, the witness was at "W":


For some reason I cannot remember, we did not investigate this sightings; maybe it was due to lack of time as we had many opened investigations after the July 10, 2002, call for witnesses.

Two other sightings reports for that evening were:


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 March 13, 2023 Creation, [ffu11].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 13, 2023 First published.

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