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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'. 

Object Disintegrates Balloon
June 24, 1953
Simiutak, Greenland

Brad Sparks:
June 24, 1953; Simiutak, Greenland (BBU 2606)
11:30 a.m. USAF weather observer Airman/2nd Richard A. Hill saw through a theodolite a rotating red delta­shaped or circular object 3x the size of the weather balloon being tracked at 18,000 ft [object size 30 ft ??] collide with and disintegrate the balloon as the object traveled SE to NW. After hitting the balloon it hovered and rotated for 15 secs, then climbed for 5 mins into the wind at 300°. (Berliner; Joel Carpenter)

Detailed reports and documents
1953_06_24_GD_Simiutak_BB_balloon_burst.pdf (Barry Greenwood)

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