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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 Rhinau, on April 13, 2015:

Case number:



One "corleone" reported to the UFO website "OVNI-France" having seen for about 30 minutes a UFO on April 13, 2015, at 10:45 p.m. in Rhinau in the Bas-Rhin.

The witness stated to have been out on the terrace to smoke a cigarette, when he or she saw in the distance what looked like a star coming down, lower and lower. The shape was round, the color an intense yellow.

The witness said it happened at about 2 or 3 km away, he or she took the binocular and saw a UFO flying slowly in the sky. It was lost from sight because of the houses and buildings.


Temporal data:

Date: April 13, 2015
Time: 10:45 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes.
First known report date: 2015
Reporting delay: Day, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Rhinau
Place: From the terrace, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.318
Longitude: 7.704
Uncertainty radius: 1 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: By the web to the UFO website "OVNI-France".
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: No
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: UFO


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable Venus.



04/13/2015 - (Dep.67) - Ufo of round shape of yellows [sic] color

Date: 04/13/2015

Department: 67 (Bas-Rhin)

Localization: rhinau

Hour: 10:45 p.m.

Numbers [sic] of witnesses: 1 peoples [sic]

Type of observation: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approximate duration of the observation: 30 minutes

What was seen: Ufo of round shape of yellows [sic] color

Description of the facts:

hello last night around 10:45 p.m. I went out on my terrace for a smoke in the distance I was able to see what looks like a star coming down lower and there a round of intense yellow passed about 2 or 3 km in front of me I took my binoculars and I did see a ufo flying in the sky very slowly i lost the UFO because of the home and building j always come back i cant believe it i really saw a ufo




It is low, it looks like a star, it is observed for about 30 minutes in the night... Everything screams for an astronomical explanation. Unfortunately no direction is reported.

A good candidate is Venus. From this place at this date and time, it is only 9° high, houses and buildings to hide it certainly soon, it is below the horizon at 11:58 p.m.


Probable Venus.

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 February 26, 2016 Creation, [ofe1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 26, 2016 First published.

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