Go Back Report # 1489


Text bolded by me (CF) to show that this could NOT have been a “meteor.”




Phenomenon Observed by Fishermen off the Coast of Brittany.


PARIS, April 3.—A remarkable natural phenomenon is reported to have been observed by a number of fishermen of the little port of Aberwrac’h, near Brest.

What looked like a ball of luminous vapor was seen at 10 o’clock at nightto rise from the sea to the accompaniment ofa slight whistling sound. The “meteor,” as it is described, traveled across the sky, from southeast to west, remaining visible until 4 o'clock in the morning. As it progressed, sparks fell from thecenter of the ball of fire and appeared to fall back into the sea.

The phenomenon was also visible at Cherbourg forover an hour.


Reference for the above text is: Newspaper: Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, dated April 04, 1909, page 1.

With thanks to Ole Jonny Brænne and Kay Massingill of the Magonia Exchange group for forwarding this case to me (CF).


Note: I sent a question to the Magonia Group that said: “This wasn’t a meteor, but I’m wondering if it could be Venus. Have you got someone with a planetary computer?”


The reply from Ole Jonny Brænne:


    According to the astronomy software Starry Nights v6, both the Moon and Jupiter were visible high in the night sky towards SW-W at 10pm.

They both had a relative western motion (i.e., from south to west), and set below the horizon at around 4am.

    Since these were both high in sky at the time, and thus would probably not be described as rising, I don't think we can identify this as being an astronomical phenomenon.


Therefore, I must conclude that this was NO HEAVENLY BODY (CF).




Europe - France, Bretagne, Finistère. Body of water is the Estuary of L'Aberwrac'h.

L’Aberwrac’h Latitude 48-35-46 N, Longitude 004-33-54 W [populated place]

Brest Latitude 48-23-27 N, Longitude 004-29-10 W [populated place]

Cherbourg Latitude 49-38-24 N, Longitude 001-36-56 W [populated place – department: Basse-Normandie]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/



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