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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'. 

Three Red Objects Sighted From USS Supply
Feb. 28, 1904
Pacific Ocean,
300 mi. WSW of California

Fran Ridge:
Feb. 28, 1904, Pacific Ocean, 300 mi. WSW ofd California

A sighting by the U.S.S. Supply as reported by then Lt. Frank H. Schofield, later to become Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet. "[Three objects] appeared beneath the clouds, their color a rather bright red.  As they approached the ship they appeared to soar, passing above the broken clouds.  After rising above the clouds they appeared to be moving directly away from the earth.  The largest had an apparent area of about six suns.  It was egg-shaped, the larger end forward.  The second was about twice the size of the sun, and the third, about the size of the sun.  Their near approach to the surface appeared to be most remarkable.  That they did come below the clouds and soar instead of continuing their southeasterly course is also curious.  The lights were in sight for over two minutes and were carefully observed by three people whose accounts agree as to the details." (Source: Monthly Weather Review, March 1904).

Bruce Maccabee:
Information provided by the Monthly Weather Review and by the ship's log is compared with theoretical expectations for meteors.  This comparison indicates that the objects were not meteors because they (a) were too close to the earth (about a mile high or less), (b) made a large change in flight direction, and (c) were seen for too long for the amount of sky traversed.

Michael Tarbell:
The coordinates given in the Monthly Weather Review of Mar 1904 (36 deg 20 min N, 127 deg 36 min W) put the sighting roughly 300 mi. WSW of San Francisco.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/ [pdf] (Bruce Maccabee)
reports/040228pacific_report.htm (Brad Sparks)

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