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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'. 

GOC Spotter Reports Cigar-Shaped Object
Aug. 15, 1952
Napa, California

Dan Wilson:
August 15, 1952; Napa, California (BB)
5 p.m  PDT. A  GOC observer saw a silver colored cigar shaped object the size of a large aircraft overhead at an estimate altitude of 10,000 feet moving on a SW course at an estimated speed of 800 -1000 mph. The winds in the area were from the SW. No sound was heard from the object. The object was observed for 30 seconds. 

Fran Ridge:
This incident was exlained as a balloon but behaved more like a meteor, the description of which at the time of day is unlike either one. It appears to have been going relatively fast for a balloon and the description of a shiny cigar certainly doesn't sound like a meteor. It appears to have been moving against the wind.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520815napa_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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