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ALSACAT:

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 Steinbach, on December 29, 2013:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2013-12-29-STEINBACH-1

Summary:

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 29, 2013
Time:
Duration:
First known report date:
Reporting delay:

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Steinbach
Place:
Latitude:
Longitude:
Uncertainty ratio:

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: ?
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: ?

Sources:

[Ref. ge1:] GROUPE D'ETUDES ET D'INFORMATIONS SUR LES PHENOMENES AEROSPATIAUX NON IDENTIFIES (G.E.I.P.A.N.):

STEINBACH (68) 29.12.2013
Observed on: 12/29/2013
Region: Alsace
Department: Rhin (Haut)
Class: B
Summary: STEINBACH (68) 12/29/2013. Observation of the appearance of a glow then of a discoid object in the sky: probable observation of the Moon.
Description:

On December 29, 2013 around 5:45 a.m. a witness on the terrace of his home is intrigued by the presence in the sky of a glow that appears between clouds then a glittering disc. The static object quickly disappears behind the clouds. No other testimony has been reported.

The witness describes a "slightly tilted, light yellow disc", observed for 2 seconds by a gap in the clouds; he indicates a direction of observation "above Cernay, seen from Steinbach direction Mulhouse, thus south": the map shows that the direction Cernay and Mulhouse is in the south East (approximate azimuth: 125 °).

The map of the sky indicates at 129 ° of azimuth and 9 ° of elevation the presence of the Moon, to its last quarter (thin crescent very tilted).

It is very likely that the witness did not recognize the Moon because of the clouds and the brevity of the sighting.

The GEIPAN classifies this case as "B" likely observation of the Moon. Because of the difference in elevation estimation between the report of the witness (20°) and that of the Moon (9°), there remains a slight doubt about the hypothesis presented.

Report: None.

Details of the testimony
Witness
Date of the observation 12/29/2013
Document number
Age Adult (more than 18)
Profession Students
Sex Male
Reaction Active Curiosity
Credibility
Conditions
Environment Home
Weather conditions Cloudy;Others
Hour of the observation Numbered: 4 a.m. - 6 a.m.
Reference frame Sky or clouds
Distance between phenomenon and witness Very far (more than 1 km)
Start of the observation Start of observation by witness
Fin of the observation Fin d'observation par phénomène
Localisation
Angle du site Chiffrée;Chiffrée
Direction d'observation Sud
Cap Repères géographiques (Nom de ville, village, chiffrée, etc.)
Trajectoire Immobile;Immobile
Nature of the observation Termes descriptifs (lumières, etc)
Caractéristique of the observation Unique
Forme globale Ronde, circulaire, boule
Couleur Jaune
Taille apparente Chiffrée
Vitesse apparente Nulle
Bruit Aucun bruit
Effet sur l'environnement Non-précisé
Nombre 1

Discussion:

Evaluation:

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross ZZZ Creation, [1].
1.0 Patrick Gross ZZZ First published.

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