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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 Haguenau, on June 19, 2012:

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On June 21, 2012, someone who uses to publish under a pseudonym on Dailymotion so-called UFO videos taken here and there in the worldwide, added a video that is actually a still image with different magnifications, ensuring in English that its shows a "must-see giant cigar-shaped UFO" in Haguenau on June 19, 2012 at 2:30 a.m.

There is no other information, and the image does not show at all a giant cigar-shaped UFO.


Temporal data:

Date: June 19, 2012
Time: 02:30 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: June 21, 2012
Reporting delay: 2 days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Haguenau
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.814
Longitude: 7.792
Uncertainty radius:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Image and caption published on Dailymotion.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: ?
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: Giant UFO.


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Photo artefact, plane.



The video in question is in fact composed of these stills, illustrated by "Woo woo" music:


The web page says:

ufo .photo. France .Alsace. Haguenau .06.19.20

by androbate


Giant ufo Cigar photographed France Alsace Haguenau 19.06.20

Publishing date : 06/21/2012

Duration: 00:48

Category: News and Politics



Almost everyone knows that when taking pictures of moving light sources with a long exposure, instead of point sources, one obtains "trails" corresponding to the displacement of the light sources during exposure time. Almost everyone has seen pictures like this one:


These are cars, with a very long exposure time.

In the case we deal with, we have the flashing lights of an airplane or a helicopter, who had time to blink several times during the probable few seconds of exposure time.

It would have been sufficient that the photographer published his original images instead of poor versions converted to a video do demonstrate it surely. But these original photos are not disclosed...

Note that the apparent geometric irregularities and imperfect alignment of the "dots" correspond to the combination of the different flashing intervals of the three lights and the shaky camera during shooting.

The photographer must have seen what was there with his own eyes, something that is obviously not like on the photos but clearly an airplane. It is therefore likely that there was an intent to fool the viewers.


Above: another pseudo-UFO of the same kind that made a "buzz" as "a UFO" in the English tabloids before they understood what it really was.


Photo artefact, plane.

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 April 2, 2014 Creation, [dmn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 2, 2014 First published.

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