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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'. 

Multiple-Witness Sightings Triangulate Location
Jan. 1, 1954
Beach Haven, New Jersey

Brad Sparks:
Jan. 1, 1954; Toms River, Marlton, Woodbury, and Surf City, New Jersey (BBU)
10:35 p.m, 12:05 a.m. (Jan. 2). Navy pilot Lt. JG George G. Morgan of Lakehurst NAS, police chief (or captain?) Richard Clement, police officer Oliver G. Osborne and other officers, and 20+ other witnesses, saw 3-12 round or oval white objects with fuzzy edges slightly smaller than Full Moon angular size hovering in the sky to the S for 1.5 hours as 2 objects circled around one (in 2-4 secs) (seen to the ESE from Woodbury, SW from Surf City at high elevation), then switched places with each other. Some witnesses (such as Mrs. Worthington and son Norton in Woodbury) attempted to drive towards the objects to investigate. Objects suddenly departed to the SW at extremely high speed growing smaller until disappearance in 1-2 secs covering about 60° of sky. Multiple independent witnesses across a baseline of at least 12 miles resulted in triangulation near Beach Haven, NJ, from distances of about 15 to 40 miles. At least 5 witnesses used binoculars including 7x50 Bausch &Lomb. Hynek calculated speed of 90,000 mph, hovering altitude 4 miles, object diameter 1,500 ft. (Mary Castner/CUFOS)

Dan Wilson:
Jan. 1, 1954; Toms River, Marlton, Woodbury, and Surf City, New Jersey (BBU)
The Report to Blue Book by J. R. Gluck states that the longest time anyone saw the objects from Toms River was an hour and a half, and this was the time given by the police chief as his total time. The PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD gives the length of observation as 20-30 minutes. The evaluation given by Project Blue Book for this sighting was searchlight activity, although according to J.R. Gluck's report the night was perfectly clear and starry with no clouds whatsoever.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540101tomsriver_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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