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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 Strasbourg, on June 12, 2008:

Case number:



On June 12, 2008, I received an email report from someone writing from Strasbourg on that day at 09:47 p.m., titled "ufos Strasbourg."

The sender reported to me that during the Euro soccer game "Austria Poland", sitting on the couch, his gaze was attracted by a light moving "at an amazing speed", it was a triangular and very brightly lit object, that "disappeared behind trees."

There had been no sound, the lights were very bright and white.


Temporal data:

Date: June 12, 2008
Time: Between 08:45 p.m. and 09:45 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: June 12, 2008, 09:47 p.m.
Reporting delay: Minutes, 1 hour.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: From home, UFO at treetop level.
Latitude: 48.580
Longitude: 7.736
Uncertainty ratio: 10 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Email to me.
Type of location: From home, UFO at treetop level.
Visibility conditions: Night
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: UFOs


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Possible meteor or plane or helicopter.



Fast nocturnal light in Strasbourg, 2008:

Basic indications:

Date written:June 12, 2008
Date received:June 12, 2008
Date published:June 26, 2008
Date of sighting:June 12, 2008
Place of sighting:France, Strasbourg
Original language of report:French
Reported using:e-mail
Unreleased information:Name, firstname, other firstname, email address
Investigation, additional information:None
Explanation:Not looked for

The report:

Subject: ufos strasbourg
Date: June 12, 2008, 09:47 p.m.
From: [Firstname] [Name] [firstname]_[name]

this evening during the euro [soccer] game " austria-poland ' when sitted on the living room sofa my glance has ben ttracted by a light which movd at an amazing speed the object in the shape of a triangle and very strongly enlightened disappeared behind the trees no noise,very sharp light of white color... if someone else person saw this phenomenon,id be happy to know his opinion..thanks,[other first name ] in strasbourg on june 12. 2008.


06/12/2008 - ??:?? - Bas-Rhin (67) - Triangle with white light

From: -



Tonight during the Euro game "Austria Poland", sitting on the couch, my eyes were drawn to a light moving at breathtaking speed. The triangle-shaped and very brightly lit object, disappeared behind trees. No noise, very bright white light....If someone else saw this, I would be happy to know his opinion.... Thank you.


This soccer game Austria - Poland took place on June 12, 2008 and the TV transmission started at 08:45 p.m. As the witness sent the email that night at 09:47 p.m., we have a timeframe for the sighting.

The place is not very clearly stated, but is certainly Strasbourg. This is indicated in the title, and signature. Watching the game, probably from home said to be in Strasbourg and writing his email within minutes to an hour after the observation, we can reasonably estimate that the observation occurred in Strasbourg.

For the rest, the information is insufficient: no distance, no duration, no angular size, no direction etc. This could have been a meteor, if we forget the triangular shape; or a helicopter or plane if we suppose that the silence was due to the distance.


Possible meteor or plane or helicopter.

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 November 30, 2014 Creation, [pgs1], [rnc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 30, 2014 First published.

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