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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'. 

Oblong Object Sighted By Several Witnesses
April 4, 1956
McKinney, Texas

Fran Ridge:
April 4, 1956; McKinney, Texas (BBU 4050)
3:15 p.m. Fat, bright silver object observed from two separate locations. The local weather observer, Capt. Roy Hall, U.S. Army (Ret.), filed the report.  At the weather station, Captain Hall ran a triangulation baseline of 3 miles and the object showed a convergence of about 3 degrees, which he estimated put the object at about 100,000 feet but he admitted that it could have been much higher. With a small 4X telescope he further determined that the object itself substended about 1 minute of arc, making it over 200' in diameter. The object was about 7-degrees to the north of Venus and visible for about 6 hours until dark. An amateur astronomer there placed a 200X telescope on the object and was able to draw a picture of it. Object was oblong and had a vertical raised band of two lines that never changed position during the full time obsrved. Object never changed location in relation to Venus and disappeared at about the same time as Venus set.  Hall reported that observers a hundred miles away also saw it, but overhead. (Berliner)

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