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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 Wintzenheim, on December 25, 2019:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2019-12-25-WINTZENHEIM-1

Summary:

"Axel" reported to the OVNI-France website his sighting which would have had 4 witnesses, on December 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in Wintzenheim, for 10 minutes:

"This evening at 7 p.m. I observed very many luminous dots (difficult to estimate a number, I would say about fifty) which formed a perfect straight line and which advanced along the axis formed by this straight line pretty much from west to east"

"I would say the dots shone about like the surrounding stars and were a bit smaller than the stars."

"They were very tight overall, with a few spots farther out at the back. I didn't notice any noise, change in direction, speed or intensity. It all disappeared in one place and 10 minutes later nothing anymore"

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: December 25, 2019
Time: 07:00 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes.
First known report date: 2019 or 2020
Reporting delay: Hour, months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Wintzenheim
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.072
Longitude: 7.290
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 4
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: To the website "OVNI-France.fr".
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes.
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:] WEBSITE "OVNI FRANCE":

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12/25/2019 - (Dep.68) - Luminous dts

Date: 12/25/2019

Department: 68 (Haut-Rhin)

Location: Wintzeheim

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 4 people

Approximate observation time: 10 minutes

What was seen: Luminous dts

Description of the facts:

This evening at 7 p.m. I observed very many luminous points (difficult to estimate a number, I would say about fifty) which formed a perfect straight line and which advanced along the axis formed by this straight line at few things close from west to east

I would say the dots shone about like the surrounding stars and were a bit smaller than the stars.

They were very tight overall, with a few spots further out in the back. I noticed no noise, no change in direction, speed or intensity. He all disappeared in the same place and 10 minutes later nothing anymore

Axel

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, [ofa1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 25, 2022 First published.

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