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This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Méridional, page 6, October 15, 1954.

The observatory of Haute-Provence observed a luminous object

DIGNE (C.P.). -- Yesterday, around 6 p.m., two sidereal phenomena were observed above Digne, but, at least for one of them, it was by no means a saucer or flying cigar, but only a meteor.

This one, of an apparent diameter of approximately 25 cm, appeared around 05:50 p.m. above Volonne, Castle-Arnoux, then at 6 p.m., above Digne, in direction West-East. At this time its aspect was of white colour, then at 06:28 p.m., it disappeared, having then red reflections, behind the "Rock of 9 hour" towards the North-West. The observatory of Haute-Provence observed this meteor on its passage.

At approximately the same hour, i.e. around 07:40 p.m., a luminous point was also seen in the North of Digne, a a very high altitude, moving towards the West.

It appeared during nearly three quarters of hour in the shape of an oval ring of a very sharp silver glare, with orange reflections, then disappeared around 06:30 p.m. This phenomenon was also taken in observation by the telescopes of St-Michel-d'Observatoire. The results of these observations were not yet known at the end of the evening.

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