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October 16, 1954, Aubenas, Ardèche:

Reference for this case: 16-Oct-54-Aubenas.
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Titling on a "mysterious craft in the Ardeche sky", the regional newspaper Le Méridional of October 17, 1954, reported on page 4 via their Press correspondent in Aubenas, that "Saturday" - therefore on October 16, 1954, around 08:45 a.m., a Mr. FD, from Pont d'Aubenas, and several inhabitants of Pont d'Ucel, had seen in the East in the sky, "a craft of spherical shape appearing motionless and strongly glossy."

The newspaper says that "the not very clear atmosphere did not allow them (a) very detailed observation."




Mysterious craft in the sky of the Ardèche

AUBENAS (C.P.). -- Saturday morning, around 8:45 a.m. Mr. F.D., of Pont d'Aubenas and several inhabitants of Pont d'Ucel, saw in the east, in the sky, a machine of spherical shape appearing immobile and very bright.

The not very clear atmosphere did not allow them very detailed observation.



Pont d'Aubenas and Pont d'Ucel are districts of the city of Aubenas, 44° 37' 14" N, 4° 23' 28" E.

Vénus was not visible then, but a bright star, or a balloon, could be the explanation.

One or more stratospheric balloons to study cosmic rays were launched from Milan, Italy, as a project of the Padova University, and floated in the French sky on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954; this photograph was taken from the observatory of Haute-Provence:



(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Aubenas, Ardèche, Pont d'Aubenas, Pont d'Ucel, multiple, sphere, motionless, brillant


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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 26, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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