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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 Ensisheim, on December 25, 2019:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2019-12-25-ENSISHEIM-1

Summary:

"Annie" reported to the OVNI-France website her sighting at 7:30 p.m. on December 25, 2019 of an "Alignment of about twenty stars" near Ensisheim, with an approximate duration of 5 minutes:

"We saw a strange thing in the sky on the way home this evening I stopped the car to show it to my dad and we got out of the car in ensisheim in Alsace today December 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. we saw about twenty stars aligned and moving one after the other in height It looked like a rainbow then slowly they evaporated one after the other I wanted to take a picture with my cell phone but it is not not efficient enough so you can't see anything"

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 25, 2019
Time: 07:30 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes.
First known report date: December 2019
Reporting delay: Day, days.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Ensisheim
Place: Outside from roadside.
Latitude: 47.868
Longitude: 7.359
Uncertainty ratio: 6 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: Daughter and her father.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: By the Web to the "OVNI-France.fr" Website.
Type of location: Outside on a roadside.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
Entities: No.
Photographs: Yes.
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:

Copie d'écran.

12/25/2019 - (Dep.68) - Alignment of twenty stars

Date: 12/25/2019

Department: 68 (Haut-Rhin)

Location: ENSISHEIM

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 1 people

Type of sighting: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approximate observation time: 5 minutes

What was seen: Twenty star alignment

Description of the facts:

We saw a strange thing in the sky on the way home this evening I stopped the car to show it to my dad and we got out of the car in ensisheim in Alsace today December 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. we saw about twenty stars aligned and moving one after the other in height It looked like a rainbow then slowly they evaporated one after the other I wanted to take a picture with my cell phone but it is not not efficient enough so you can't see anything

Annie

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 24, 2022 Creation, [ofe1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 24, 2022 First published.

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