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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Oval Object Zig Zags Over Naval Ship Yard
July 23, 1952
Long Beach, California

Dan Wilson:
July 23, 1952; Long Beach, California (BB)
1:50 p.m. local. The witness Collinson located at the Naval Ship Yard observed a orange red oval elliptical shaped object overhead moving at a high rate of speed. The object at an estimated altitude of 4,000 feet did a zigzag maneuver and was in view for about 16 seconds. The object appeared as large as a nickel held at arm's length.

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reports/520723longbeach_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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