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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.

Case of Colmar, on January 18, 1985:

Case number:



The ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit reported in November 1990 that on January 18, 1985, around 8 p.m., a green glowing disc crossed a road "in Waldeslust", at a low altitude. There was a plasma glow surrounding the object.

In a listing of UFO sighting reports in the Haut-Rhin on their website, the Alsatian ufology association SPICA noted that it was very likely a meteor.


Temporal data:

Date: January 18, 1985
Time: ~08:00 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: November 1990
Reporting delay: 5 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Colmar
Place: From the Waldeslust, UFO in the sky
Latitude: 48.113
Longitude: 7.337
Uncertainty ratio: 500 m

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit".
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: ?


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable space junk.


[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens on this Day

January 18

1985 - On this evening around 8 p.m. a green glowing disc crossed a road in Waldeslust, France at a low altitude. There was a plasma glow surrounding the object. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 306).

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

14653: 1985/01/18 20:00 1 7:22:40 E 48:06:00 N 3333 WEU FRN HRH 6:7


Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 306 : ROAD+RAILS


City Date and hour of observation General shape
General color
WALDESLUST Friday 18 January 1985 at 08:00 p.m. Circular, round or disc (2D)
Natural reentry
Strong hypothesis


"Waldeslust", indicated as "city" by [spa1] does not exist as a city in Alsace.

There is one place named like that throughout France, it is a restaurant, 79, chemin de la Fecht, in Colmar, Haut-Rhin. The name of the restaurant is likely to be the area's name.

When the SPICA notes "Natural reentry" as an explanation, one must understand: a meteor.

On January 18, 1985, at 10:25 a.m. GMT, the 126th Proton (8K82K No. 326-02) rocket, surmounted by an upper stage block of DM class (11S86 No. 52L) was launched from Baikonur in Russia.

The payload comprised a civilian telecommunications satellite of the Gorizont class (11F662 No. 21L) put to a geostationary orbit (x 35002km 35100km x 1.5 °).

It seems to me that the explanation by a probable meteor could instead be that of a probable re-entry into the atmosphere of a debris of this rocket.


Probable space junk.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 26, 2015 Creation, [djn1], [spa1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 26, 2015 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 24, 2021 Addition [lhh1].

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