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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'. 

"Stovepipe With Center Bulge" Observed
October 29, 1954
Terceira Islands, Azores

Brad Sparks:
Oct. 29, 1954; Terceira Islands, Azores (BBU 3287)
9 p.m. 4 Portuguese nationals saw a grey object, shaped like a stovepipe with a center bulge and short wings (10 ft long, 3 ft in diameter, 3 ft wings) having concave wingtips, make a gargling sound when hovering, then disappear in the glare of airplane landing lights. (Berliner)

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