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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 Mulhouse, on March 17, 2020:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2020-03-17-MULHOUSE-1

Summary:

Using the pseudonym "Mymyalioune", someone reported a sighting made on March 17, 2020 at 09:10 p.m. to the OVNI-France website.

This person indicated that the place was Mulhouse, that there had been 5 witnesses, that it had lasted 25 minutes, that it was several UFOs, and said:

"Hello observd very high in the sky direction south south Easte 40 ufo one follow one behind the other"

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 17, 2020
Time: 09:10 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes.
First known report date: March 2020
Reporting delay: Minutes, weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.753
Longitude: 7.334
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 5
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: UFOs.

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Starlink satellites.

Sources:

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

Copie d'écran.

03/17/2020 - (Dep.68) - Several UFOs

Date: 03/17/2020

Department: 68 (Haut-Rhin)

Location: Mulhouse

Time: 9:10 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 5 people

Type of sighting: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approximate observation duration: 25 minutes

What was seen: Several UFOs

Description of the facts:

Hello observed very high in the sky direction south south Easte 40 ufo one follow one behind the other

Mymyalioune

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 one 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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