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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 Scherwiller, on August 3, 2012:

Case number:



As comment to an alleged UFO sighting report in Sentheim in 2012 published on the web, someone published in 2014 two picture of something he saw and photographed as he was wandering on a path near Scherwiller on August 3, 2012, at 09:31 p.m., asking it it was the same thing.

The two original pictures are visible below in this case file.


Temporal data:

Date: August 3, 2012
Time: 09:31 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: April 7, 2014
Reporting delay: 2 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Scherwiller
Place: From a path, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.287
Longitude: 7.417
Uncertainty radius: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Comment to a UFO sighting report published on the UFO website "".
Type of location: From a path, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
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: ?


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Red moon.



On April 07, 2014, by jacksad


Is it what you saw?

The picture are of August 3, 2012 ,i was wandering on a path near scherwiller and i could observe "this".

The links go to these pictures:





EXIF data of these two images show the time of shooting. The device is a SAMSUNG GT-N7000, the exposure time is 1/20 seconds, the settings are on automatic mode.

The context is: "jacksad" published this in response to a web testimony on a sighting in Sentheim on April 15 or 17, 2012.

It is not known if the intention of "jacksad" was to show that he also saw what he thinks is a "UFO", or if his intention was to show his photos for the other witness to assure similarity and then tell to the other witness: "it was the moon." So this case is perhaps not to be considered to be a UFO sighting report.

What the pictures show is a "red moon". Low on the horizon, the moon occasionally takes such hue.

It is true that the bottom does not look like the usual Moon crescent; this occurs when clouds hide a part of the moon.

I checked the position of the moon that day at that hour at Scherwiller:

It was actually visible in the sky, at an azimuth of 112░ and a low elevation of 10░46'.

Its phase was 0.96274, ie a full moon, as seen on images.


Red moon.

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 20, 2015 Creation, [ofe1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 20, 2015 First published.

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