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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'. 

White Light In Level Flight
Jan. 10, 1965
Silver Springs, Maryland

Dan Wilson:
Jan.10, 1965; Silver Springs, Maryland (BB)
Night. Three members of family observed a bright white light (1/2 size of the size of an automobile?), flying straight from NW to SE. The object was believed to be 200 feet from the ground and in level flight at 45 degrees elevation. The sky was overcast and visibility was 4 miles, according to the RECORD CARD. The length of observation was 5-10 seconds.The time given for the sighting on the PROJECT RECORD CARD is 1555Z which converts to 10:55 a.m. EST. The time given on the JOINT MESSAGE FORM says 1555Z, at night. (Dan Wilson, BB files)

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