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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 Hoenheim, on January 1, 2014:

Case number:



A 41-year-old man published on January 1, 2014, on the "YouTube" website, a video titled "ufos hoenheim".

He explains in French and in English that he "lives in a small town in eastern France in Alsace in Hoenheim" and that on the night of the New Year he observed "some luminous appearances in the sky" and that we are "let alone to judge" what we see.

In the video file, he noted that it was at 02:20, the sky was cloudy, that he filmed with a Samsung Galaxy 3, a mobile phone camera.

The very shaky 8.54 minutes video shows a neighbor's house, the dark sky, New Year fireworks, and slow-moving specs of lights that look like distant Chinese lanterns.

A reader commented that in January 2014 he "halucinates i saw the same thing at the level of ostwald only there were 2.?"


Temporal data:

Date: January 1, 2014
Time: 00:20 a.m.
Duration: 8.54 minutes or more.
First known report date: January 1, 2014
Reporting delay: Minutes, hours?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Hoenheim
Place: From home or house, UFOs in the sky.
Uncertainty radius:

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: 41
Witness(es) types: Man.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Published video and report on "Youtube".
Type of location: From home or house in village, UFOs in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Dark night, cloudy.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes, video.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Does not know, UFOs.


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable Chinese lanterns.


[Ref. you1:] VIDEO ON YOUTUBE:

ufos hoenheim

Julien Delavier


Publshed 1 Jan. 2014

[In French in the original text] hello i'm a 41 year old man i live in a small town of the east of France in Alsace in Hoenheim in the night of the new year i observed some luminous appearances in the sky i let you judge by yourselves what you see.

[In English in the original text] hello I'm a 41 year old male I live in a small town in eastern France in Alsace to hoenheim the night of New Year I observed a stone Aparitions light in the sky I leave you alone judge what you see.

[Commente] W. Nati - 2 months ago:

im'halucinating i saw the same thing at the level of ostwald only there were 2.?



I did not find the address of this person in the phone directory, so it was maybe someone who has been visiting Hoenheim and was not aware that the Alsatians have been launching Chinese lanterns frequently in the recent years, obviously also to celebrate the New Year.

Chinese lantern.

Above: a Chinese lantern.


Probable Chinese lanterns.

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 6, 2014 Creation, [you1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 6, 2014 First published.

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