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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 Rises From Mountain Top
Nov. 6, 1957
Radium Spring, New Mexico

Fran Ridge:
Nov. 6, 1957; Radium Springs, New Mexico
10:50 p.m. Las Cruces policeman [Barela?] and a Dona Ana County Deputy Sheriff saw a single round object, changing from red to green to blue to white, which rose vertically from a mountain top. The sighting lasted 10 minutes. (Berliner, FUFOR Index)

In this case it is not what was reported, but where and when, that makes this one noteworthy. Hopefully, someday we will get more details. This incident occurred on the same day as the Kirtland weapons storage area (WSA) overflight and is listed in the Project Blue Book unknowns as Case # 5227. Radium Springs is almost two hundred miles from Kirtland, which is just SE of Albuquerque.  Radium Springs is almost 50 miles NW of Las Cruces, NM along Interstate 25. For some details on the incident I consulted my only Blue Book "unknown" sources, Don Berliner and Kevin Randle, and found some sketchy information in Kevin Randle's book, "Project Blue Book Exposed". This was one of the few cases that was not described. I then emailed Larry Hatch, another member of our Nuclear Connection Project staff, and he supplied a listing which was not "flagged" as a "nuclear connection" case,  but was listed in  his *U* Database. .

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