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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 Griesheim, on January 28, 2012:

Case number:



In a listing of UFO sighting reports in the Haut-Rhin on their website, the Alsatian ufology association SPICA noted that on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 05:30 p.m., in Griesheim in the Bas-Rhin, one - or more - orange luminous dots were seen.

SPICA said they have no explanation to offer, for lack of information.

On their website there was an email report they received from a resident of Griesheim-Pres-Molsheim, who told having distinguished in the sky on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at about 05:30 p.m. to 06:00 p.m., five shapes "strongly resembling stars, but the branches of the upper and lower ones were long and much shorter on the sides, 6-pointed star, of very bright orange color."

They moved slowly from west to east and eventually disappeared behind the clouds.

The witness said he told about it to a work colleague one following morning and the latter assured he saw the same thing, also above Griesheim, but the night before, Friday, January 27, 2012.

This colleague came from Strasbourg by the highway and took the Rosheim exit, when he saw five "fireflies" of bright orange color on the left side of the motorway; which puts them above Griesheim.


Temporal data:

Date: January 28, 2012
Time: ?
Duration: ?
First known report date: 2015
Reporting delay: Hours, 3 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Griesheim-prés-Molsheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.503
Longitude: 7.529
Uncertainty radius: 1 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Web report to the regional ufology association SPICA.
Type of location: ?
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: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: ?




Griesheim (67) 01/28/2012

Source: email to SPICA

I live in Griesheim Près Molsheim, on Saturday, 01/28/2012 at 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I distinguish in the sky 5 shapes strongly resembling stars, but the branches of the upper and lower parts were long and much shorter on the sides, 6-pointed star, very bright orange color, they slowly moved from the West to the East and finally disappeared behind the clouds, by reporting these facts to a colleague at work this morning, he claims to have seen the same thing also above Griesheim, but on Friday evening the 01/27/2012 he was coming to Strasbourg by the highway and took the Rosheim exit, when he sees these 5 "fireflies" of bright orange color on the left side of the Highway, which refers to Griesheim.

Thanks to let me know if other witnesses come forward.



City Date and hour of observation General shape
General color
GRIESHEIM Saturday 28 January 2012 at 05:30 p.m. luminous dot
Unsolved -lack of info



All I can say is that most "orange luminous dots" mistaken for UFOs in Alsace in the 2000's reveal to be Chinese lanterns.

To note: a similar report the day before in Griesheim too.


Possible Chinese lanterns, 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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 17, 2015 Creation, [spa2].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 17, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross September 1, 2015 Addition [spa1]. Explanations change from "Possible Chinese lanterns, insufficient information." to "Probable Chinese lanterns". Summary changed except paragraph 1. In the Discussion, removed "Unfortunately I found no other source and no more information." and "with even less information", added paragraph "".

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