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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 in the Haut-Rhin, on July 6, 2013:

Case number:



The popular astronomy website "Ciel des Hommes" published in 2013 an article explaining what the Chinese lanterns are, so that they are not mistaken for UFOs or natural astronomical phenomena anymore.

A reader of this article commented on July 7, 2013, at 00:12 .m., that at approximately 11 p.m. they just saw two very bright objects moving at very high speed, in the Haut-Rhin.

The reader commented that they were definitely not Chinese lanterns, they were was more like a ball of fire "or a meteorite." The direction was "East-West" and the wind was average. The two objects followed each other at approximately 10 minutes of interval.


Temporal data:

Date: July 6, 2013
Time: ~11:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: July 7, 2013
Reporting delay: 1 hour.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: ?
Place: In the Haut-Rhin.
Latitude: 47.878
Longitude: 7.253
Uncertainty radius: 40 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2 or more.
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Message on popular astronomy website.
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: Not Chinese lanterns, maybe meteorites.


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Insufficient data, low strangeness.



07-07-2013 00:12:03 | Walter

Good evening;

We have just observed two very bright objects moving at very high speed at 11 p.m. in the Haut-Rhin. I absolutely do not think about Chinese lanterns, it looked more like a fireball or meteorite.The heading was east west and there was a medium wind.The two objects followed each other about 10mins apart.


If these were meteors, there was inevitably a trail. The witness did not mention a trail. Either he forgot to do it or there was none. If were trails, one would think of two consecutive meteors, if there was no trail, one would think of two planes or helicopters, for example.

If these had been meteors, we would possily have more reports, but I found none.

This or these witnesses have apparently not interpreted the two objects as "UFOs".


Insufficient data, low strangeness.

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 19, 2014 Creation, [cdh1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2014 First published.

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