March 7, 1977
Location: Jemgum, Germany
16 year old student, standing in front of his parents
house, observed a bright spot in the sky. Through his
binoculars, he could see that the object was cigar-shaped
and surrounded by an orange-colored halo. This object
filled 4/5 of his field-of-view in the binoculars. It
appeared reflective, almost glaring. Smaller objects were
Illustration of the larger cigar-shaped object. (credit:
von Ludwiger / MUFON-CES)
Depiction of the sighting. (credit: von Ludwiger / MUFON-CES)
Illobrand von Ludwiger / MUFON-CES (1998)
Objects Over Jemgum
is a small village in the northeast corner of Germany.
The village is located a few kilometers from the Netherlands
border. On March 7, 1977, a 16 year old student, standing
in front of his parents house, observed a bright spot
in the sky. As he watched, a small square object separated
from the spot. He observed it gliding slowly towards the
ground. After he went and got his binoculars (10 x 50),
he realized the small object, which moved downward at
a 30° angle against the horizon, was connected to
a bigger object by only a thin bluish-white ray of light.
big object was cigar-shaped and surrounded by an orange-colored
halo. Seen through his binoculars, this object filled
4/5 of his field-of-view. It appeared reflective, almost
glaring. Through the middle of the object ran a wide-band
which was a bit darker and consisted of several colors
changing rapidly (orange, yellow, green, blue and sometimes
student's 8-year-old brother called his attention to another,
smaller object with the same form coming from the south.
The second object moved very quickly in the direction
of the first object and suddenly stopped. Excited, the
boy ran into the kitchen to get his mother. Mrs. S. went
outside and observed the two objects together with her
children. The second object hovered at a 20° angle.
In a southerly direction, they recognized a third object
with the same shape, hovering motionless in the sky off
in the distance. The third object was only visible for
approximately 5 minutes. Mrs. S. called her husband -
a medical doctor and chemist - so he too could observe
the objects they had seen through their binoculars. Dr.
S. came out of his doctor's office; he also observed the
objects through his binoculars.
ray of light came out of the second object, apparently
guiding another smaller object toward the ground, at the
same angle as the first one. The roofs of nearby houses
blocked the view to the location where the light rays
touched the ground. Investigations showed the possibility,
that the rays could have come into contact with 350 volt
power lines, which run in the area where the beams appeared
to have pointed.
minutes after the first object let down the small satellite,
a second much brighter and broader beam started to come
out of the object and moved slowly parallel to the thin
ray in the direction of the hidden satellite - like the
antennas of a snail. After it made its way down 'A of
the way, the beam stopped moving. It seemed to wait for
the small luminous satellite, which slowly came up again.
Mrs. S. remembers: "I guess it runs on light".
the satellite nearly reached the end of the bright beam,
the beam was drawn into the big cigar-shaped object followed
by the satellite. After that, a fog-like luminous aura
formed a dome around the first big object. Soon after
that, the shape of the object changed into a round one.
Witnesses got the impression that the object had turned
on its axes directly in their line-of-view. The in and
out movement of the satellites from both objects lasted
about 10 minutes. After the second object finished exactly
the same maneuver as the first, both objects remained
visible for another 30 minutes. (Figure 2.3)
S. said: "Everything was shimmering. As if the object
itself was glowing...It's hard to describe. The object
appeared red-hot and vibrated. It was not a stationary
light! The movements appeared as if one would look into
a blast furnace, as if it was radiating heat and the colors
were shining out of the heat. The light was very irregular.
All the colors blending, gliding and changing".
so often observed by UFO investigators, the doctor did
not call his neighbors to witness the appearance, although
several peoples were seen in the street. The witnesses
feel embarrassed to call attention to a phenomenon which
existence nobody wants to accept.
S. later explained his behavior: "The neighbors
then would have said that the doctor is crazy!"
Therefore, he preferred to call a druggist and a captain,
both living far away and asked them whether they also
saw the strange objects. They did, but the objects appeared
very small to them. (MUFON-CES Report No.4, 1978)
reliability index for this case is p = 99.99 %