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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'. 

Cigar-Shaped UFO Approaches Morgantown Victory
January 11, 1966
Pacific Ocean, north of Marcus Island

Fran Ridge:
January 11, 1966; 1070 mi SE of Tokyo
10:00 PM. (22:00 local ship time), three witnesses (the Third Mate, the Helmsman, and the Bow Lookout) of the S. S. Morgantown Victory saw a cigar shaped object approach their ship. The object approached the starboard beam of the ship from the horizon and then turned almost 180 to avoid going over the ship. It approached the ship within 1 mile at an elevation of 400 ft. It hovered for 30 seconds, then crossed in front of the ship and made another directional change. The object was described as being cigar shaped, glowing with an orange-yellow color, with a bright glow on its front, a body with a duller glow, and a long fiery tail. The body appeared to have two lights on top. The length of the object was estimated at 200-250 ft and its height at about 35-40ft. The object was visible for 3 minutes. The Master of the ship thought that a plane had crashed in the ocean and he ordered the ship to turn to conduct a search. Two turns were made and nothing was found in the searches. Blue Book Conclusion: Satellite Decay (Cosmos 53)

Detailed reports and documents
1966_01_11_Pacific_Petrie_Morgantown_Victory.pdf (Barry Greenwood)

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