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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 Harthouse, on September 15, 2019:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2019-09-15-HARTHOUSE-1

Summary:

A young man from Batzendorf in the Bas-Rhin regularly communicates his observations of what he thinks are, or may be, UFOs, to the ufological forum "Les Mystères des OVNI."

On September 15, 2019, he communicates an observation he made that day at 2:10 p.m., when in Harthouse in the Bas-Rhin he observed for 10 minutes through the window "a strange stationary white ball," which seemed very high in the sky. He hadn't seen it coming.

It was stationary but after about ten minutes it started to move slowly, then was obscured by a tree.

The witness took several photos, on which we can only see a small dot.

A guest of the forum rapidly demonstrated that it was one of the balloons of the Swiss hot air balloon "Gordon Bennett" race. The path of each balloon being documented on the Internet, he was able to show that it was the balloon of Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger which on September 15, 2019 at 2:02 p.m. was at 48° 49.39 N, 7° 46.94 E, at an altitude of 2474 m.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: September 15, 2019
Time: 02:10 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes.
First known report date: September 15, 2019
Reporting delay: 7 hours.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Harthouse
Place: From behind a house window.
Latitude: 48.787
Longitude: 7.729
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: 19
Witness(es) types: Young UFO buff.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: To the ufology Web board "Les Mystères des OVNI."
Type of location: From behind a house window.
Visibility conditions: Day, good visibility.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: No.
UFO departure observed: No.
Entities: No.
Photographs: Yes.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: UFO?

Classifications:

Hynek: DD
ALSACAT: Montgolfier.

Sources:

[Ref. myo1:] FORUM WEB "LES MYSTERES DES OVNI":

aurelien wolff
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 158
Registered on: 11/15/2014
Localization: alsace
Job: none
Passions: model kits, observing ufos
Participation tokens: 3104

2019: on 09/15 at 02:10 p.m. - Luminous balls - Harthouse - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Dim 15 Sep 2019, 19:13

City: harthouse

Department: Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Region: Alsace lauhcn a call for witnesses: http://www.lalsace.fr

Country: France

Date: 09/15/2019

Hour of the start of the observation: 02:10 p.m.

Duration of the observation: 10 minutes

Weather conditions: clear except for a few cloud [sic]

Number of witnesses: 1

Type of phenomenon: Luminous balls

Report to officials: No

Full report of the observation:

After doing some research on the internet, I wanted to look out the window when I saw a strange white ball hovering in the sky (I don't know how it came but when I took a picture of an insect at 1:58 p.m., the ball was not there, it was stationary but after about ten minutes, it started to move slowly and after that I couldn't see it again because there was a tree that hid it, it seemed very high in the sky (at least at the level of the "clouds" (what type?).

The photos:

https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/dsc_5755.jpg
https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/dsc_5756.jpg
https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/dsc_5757.jpg
https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/dsc_5758.jpg
https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/dsc_5759.jpg

Photo.

Photo.

Photo.

Photo.

Photo.

I cropped the first photo:

https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/photo_10.jpg

Photo.

where it was at the end(yellow circle): https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/photo_11.jpg

Photo.

I took the photos with my xperia E

Precise description: ball,white color,more luminous than the moon when it is seen by day

Color:

Size of the phenomenon:

Behaviort: stationary movement [sic] at the start and after its [sic] started to move slowly

Trajectory: not - specified

Specific noise: No

Specific odor: No

Direction of the object relative to the wind: i do not know

Presence of installation: Industrial area village

Similar photo: not specified

Table: ball E9

Contact made with the witness:yes

Investigator in charge of the file:

I hereby certify the accuracy of the information provided and the authenticity of the documents provided. I don't know how to identify this phenomenon, thank you in advance for your answers.

Regards aurelien wolff

Guest

Re: 2019: on 09/15 at 02:10 p.m. - Luminous balls - Harthouse - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Sun 15 Sep 2019, 07:51 p.m.

maybe a weather balloon...

aurelien wolff
Forum team
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 158
Registered on: 11/15/2014
Localization: alsace
Job: none
Hobbies: model kits, observing ufo
Participation tokens: 3104

Re: 2019: on 09/15 at 02:10 p.m. - Luminous balls - Harthouse - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Sun 15 Sep 2019, 08:44 p.m.

it can be stationary for a few minutes and then move slowly?

http://www.paranormal-encyclopedie.com/wiki/uploads/Articles/Ballon_sonde_OVNI.jpg

Guest

Re: 2019: on 09/15 at 02:10 p.m. - Luminous balls - Harthouse - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Dim 15 Sep 2019, 23:29

Gordon Bennett race 2019...

The tracking of the balloons is HERE

Guest

Re: 2019: on 09/15 at 02:10 p.m. - Luminous balls - Harthouse - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Map.

Here are the names of this Swiss team and their poisition at the tome of the observation...

Speed: 23.5 km/h @ 86.27°
Pilot 1: Kurt FRIEDEN
Pilot 2: Pascal WITPRAECHTIGER
Position at: 15 Sep 2019 14:02 CEST
Lat/Lon: 48° 49.39 N, 007° 46.94 E
Altitude: 2474m

That's it! UAP A [means: indientified with certainty.]

@+

aurelien wolff
Forum team
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 158
Registered on: 11/15/2014
Localization: alsace
Job: none
Hobbies: model kits, observing ufos
Participation tokens: 3104

Re: 2019: on 09/15 at 02:10 p.m. - Luminous balls - Harthouse - Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Mon 16 Sep 2019, 09:08

Allright!

Discussion:

Map.

The case is entirely explained in [myo1].

Evaluation:

Montgolfier.

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 September 2, 2022 Creation, [myo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 2, 2022 First published.

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