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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'. 

Five Objects Grouped Around Larger Object
May 20, 1949
New Orleans, Louisianna

Brad Sparks:
May 20, 1949.  Pontchartrain Beach, New Orleans, Louisiana (BBU)
4:25 p.m.  Tulane Univ. Associate Professor of Political Science (USAFR Lt Col) John E. Kieffer of 12th AF, Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas, was lying on his back at the beach when he sighted a bright, shiny silver flat spherical object in the ENE headed WSW [towards him] joined by 5 smaller similar objects grouped around the larger object which made a large circle over New Orleans Airport, then [main object] made a rotation around its horizontal axis and disappeared.  At 45 degrees to 50 degrees elevation initially.  No sound.  No visible means of propulsion.   (Sparks;  BB files)  23 mins  1 witness

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