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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'. 

Domed Disc Observed In Broad Daylight / MADAR Connection
August 30, 1970
Vincennes, Indiana

Fran Ridge:
August 30, 1970; Vincennes, Indiana
11:30 a.m. A young girl (age 7), saw a metallic disc in the ENE hovering over Wheatland Road and reported it to her parents. Her father went outside and saw the object, too. He re-entered the house to get his 7x50 binoculars, and when he emerged, the object was closer. It was described as about a quarter of a mile away, looked like "a garbage can lid with a piece of watermelon on top" (more like a squared-off "coning tower") and about 30' in diameter. The man stated in his report he filed with NICAP that somebody else should have seen it, it was that low. The object was observed for a minute and a half by three witnesses,  this man his wife and daughter. It departed in a swooping dive to the NNE. (Fran Ridge/NICAP UFOI)

I investigated the case right after it happened and obtained a signed NICAP report (Form 97) which went to NICAP in 1970. In 1986 as MUFON State Director this was one of the many of the reports that went to MUFON HQ, with copies to Deputy Director of Investigations (Dan Wright), and the Center for UFO Studies. CUFOS would also have the NICAP file copy since all the NICAP files were turned over to CUFOS.  The drawing and other documents are provided in the folder below.

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