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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 Colmar, on December 25, 2019:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2019-12-25-COLMAR-1

Summary:

"Jo" reported to the website OVNI-France.fr that on December 25, 2019, at 8 p.m. in Colmar, for 5 minutes, he or she saw with his or her daughter "very bright lights high in the sky, there were a dozen perfectly aligned ones that moved and disappeared into the clouds."

"There was no noise and it was really scary".

"I only had an iPhone in my hands and I wanted to record but the lights did not appear"

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 25, 2019
Time: 08:00 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes.
First known report date: 2019 or 2020
Reporting delay: Day, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Colmar
Place: ?
Lieu: 48.077
Latitude: 7.357
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: Someone and his/her daughter.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: By the Web to the "OVNI-France" Website.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No.
Photographs: Yes.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Scared.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: LN
ALSACAT: Starlink satellites.

Sources:

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

Copie d'écran.

12/25/2019 - (Dep.68) - Lights

Date: 12/25/2019

Department: 68 (Haut-Rhin)

Location: Colmar

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 2 people

Type of sighting: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approximate observation duration: 5 minutes

What was seen: Lights

Description of the facts:

Hello

I am contacting you to tell you that with my daughter, we saw lights very high in the sky, there were about ten perfectly aligned lights that moved and disappeared in the clouds

There was no noise and it was really scary

I only had an iPhone in my hands and I wanted to record but the lights did not appear

That's it, thank you

Jo

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 25, 2022 Creation, [ofe1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 25, 2022 First published.

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