Case Directory
  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 5  


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'. 

Triangular Object With No Sound
Jan. 30, 1965
Newport News, Virginia

Dan Wilson:
Jan. 30, 1965; Newport News, Virginia (BB)
8:35 p.m. EST. Five high school students observed a triangular shaped object, size compared to silver dollar held at arm's length. The object was first observed at an angle of 45 degrees and an azimuth of 180 degrees at an estimated 3/4-mile away. The object made a descent to the south and then turned northwest. The object had a white light at the apex of the triangle with an orange light on the left base and a white light on the right base. The length of the observation was 20 minutes (Dan Wilson)

Fran Ridge:
Interesting in the context of the wave and the object should have made a sound. Orange light on the left base is not conventional, in fact the whole arrangement is not the normal pattern for an aircraft.

NICAP Home Page