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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'. 

Instantaneous Flight Reversals
May 18, 1984
Mt. Vernon, Indiana

Fran Ridge:
May 18, 1984: Mt. Vernon, Indiana
10:40 PM. Two MUFON Field Investigators and a third party were on a routine SKYWATCH patrol at their observation post on Bellefountaine Cemetery (hill) one mile north of Mt. Vernon. Suddenly a bright, silver white light was observed in the northeast. It was strobing at one time per second. There was no detectable aircraft lighting around the strobing light as required by the FAA and no sound detected. The light was approaching at a fairly high rate of speed. The primary witness saw it first and called out to the other two, "we have a bogey in the northeast" and they all began to watch the light through their binoculars. Even under magnification no FAA required lighting, nor any reflections on a body fuselage was detectable. The strobing light had come from the northeast at a pretty good clip and continued to move southwest, passing almost overhead but at high altitude to a point SW at about 45 degrees. Still no sound was heard. When the light reached that point in the heavens, to the amazement of all three witnesses,  it came to a sudden and complete stop and then an instantaneous flight reversal, with no turn radius, and briefly headed back northeast. Now exhibiting anomalistic motion during the final 5 minutes of the 12 minute total sequence, it stopped and reversed course once again, proceding southwest until out of sight. (MUFON Indiana files; primary witness, Fran Ridge; secondary witnesses, Byron Koenig and David Angermeier, all MUFON FI's; Ref 1, 81)

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