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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'. 

Moon-Shaped Object Observed From S.S. Wolfport
Oct. 15, 1948
50 miles E. of Virginia coast


Brad Sparks:
Oct. 15, 1948; (about 50 miles E of Virginia coast in the Atlantic) (BBU)
5:20-6:10 p.m. (EST). Ship's observer aboard SS Gulfport Keme [?] saw a bright nearly moon-shaped object with distinct bright center about 1/4 moon's angular size at 350 azimuth (nearly N) 4018' elevation heading SE becoming darker with nightfall, at 5:30 p.m. at 358 azimuth 4341' elevation, [passing near the North Celestial Pole by about 10], at 5:54 at 50 azimuth (nearly NE) 575' elevation. (FOIA)

Fran Ridge:
Oct. 15, 1948; (about 50 miles E of Virginia coast in the Atlantic) (BBU)
5:20-6:10 p.m. (EST). Ship's observer aboard S.S. Wolfport saw a bright nearly moon-shaped object with distinct bright center about 1/4 moon's angular size at 350 azimuth (nearly N) 4018' elevation heading SE becoming darker with nightfall, at 5:30 p.m. at 358 azimuth 4341' elevation, [passing near the North Celestial Pole by about 10], at 5:54 at 50 azimuth (nearly NE) 575' elevation. Listed as Incident 182, the only documents we could find were the two presented. The report, which is very brief, simply states, "the bearing and motion given in this report, by the Master of the S.S. Wolfport, do not correspond to those of a celestial object." The document then closes with the conclusion that the object was spherical and probably a balloon.(FOIA)

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