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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 Handschuheim, on December 24, 2019:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2019-12-24-HANDSCHUHEIM-1

Summary:

"Daniel" reported to the OVNI-France website a sighting of a "line of 30 stars" dated December 24, 2019 at 06:30 p.m., located in Handschuheim in the Bas-Rhin department, with two witnesses and having lasted 30 minutes:

"Line of luminous dots following each other at equal distance approximately 40 dots moving slowly and disappearing in lines of 7 a distance between them of approximately the 2 stars on the left on the big bear, no video or possible photo view the distance a friend also saw it from another town 100km away someone else saw it? Above the town of Handschuheim night of 12/24/2019 6:30 p.m."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 24, 2019
Time: 06:30
Duration: 30 minutes.
First known report date: 2019 or 2020
Reporting delay: Hour, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Handschuheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.602
Longitude: 7.577
Uncertainty ratio: 1 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
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 "OVNI-France.fr" 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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Starlink satellites.

Sources:

[Ref. ofe1:] "OVNI FRANCE" WEBSITE:

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12/24/2019 - (Dep.67) - Line of 30 stars

Date: 12/242019

Department: 67 (Bas-Rhin)

Location: Handschuheim

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 2 people

Type of sighting: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approximate observation time: 30 minutes

What was seen: 30 star line

Description of the facts:

Line of luminous dots following each other at equal distance approximately 40 dots moving slowly and disappearing in lines of 7 a distance between them of approximately the 2 stars on the left on the big bear, no video or possible photo view the distance a friend also saw it from another town 100km away someone else saw it? Above the town of Handschuheim night of 12/24/2019 6:30 p.m.

Daniel

Discussion:

Map.

"Starlink" is a satellite Internet access program by the American aerospace manufacturer "SpaceX" (Elon Musk) based on the deployment of a constellation of several thousand telecommunications satellites placed in low earth orbit.

The first launches took place in June 2019. As of March 2021, 1385 satellites were in orbit.

The small satellites, after their launch, appear as a line of small luminous dots. As it is unlike anything you would have normally seen in the sky, each launch prompted sighting reports, with witnesses wondering what it could be. Over time, the show no longer surprises many people.

Below: sample video frames of "Starlink" satellites in the sky.

Starlink.

Starlink.

Evaluation:

Starlink satellites.

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 August 26, 2022 Creation, [ofe1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 26, 2022 First published.

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