Thanks to the kindness of Patrice Seray I have received a copy of a French editorial novelty (released October 2015), a monograph authored by Thibaut Alexandre whose title translates as “UFOs in the Moonlight.” The publisher reports: “Thanks to unpublished or forgotten documents, the study of several case characteristics helps to identify Moon misperceptions, and beyond reflection to better understand ufology as a whole. Better, confusions with the Moon can be reproduced directly on site thanks to astronomical cycles, allowing therefore to revive a UFO sighting and to understand well why bona fide witnesses were not able to recognize the Moon.”
Ufology’s assets, UFO reports, are so vast that you can now release a book-sized (290 pages) report on a tiny fraction that exhibits a regular pattern, i.e., observational anomalies that turned into simple apparitions of the Moon. Most of us, investigators with decades of field work behind, are aware of similar sightings in our own countries, so a report describing in detail examples of such confusion in France is welcome. Alexandre shows that 4.56% of 2,194 cases in the GEIPAN database are Moon mistakes, a percentage much higher than expected that helps to place this curious phenomenon into due perspective and magnitude.
The book is extremely well documented and illustrated with information, clippings, drawings, facsimiles, maps, diagrams, celestial maps and everything needed to support and prove the explanations.
The UFO phenomenon does not seem to be a unique phenomenon but an assorted mix of different types of phenomena. It is superlative that there is specialized literature covering specific kinds of phenomenology subsets. I invite my fellow colleagues to produce detailed reports based on concrete, definite aspects of the large array of observed misperceptions.
Definitely, an essential volume. You can obtain this book through the following link: