A close encounter in ufology is an event where a person witnesses an unidentified flying object. This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek, and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry.

Close Encounter of the First kindEdit

A sighting of one or more unidentified flying objects:

  • Flying Saucers ir other known extraterrestrial craft
  • Odd lights
  • Aerial objects that are not attributable to human technology

Close Encounter of the Second kindEdit

An observation of a UFO, and associated physical effects from the UFO, including:

  • Heat or radiation.
  • Damage to terrain
  • Human paralysis
  • Frightened animals
  • Interference with engines or TV or radio reception.
  • Lost Time: a gap in one's memory associated with a UFO encounter

Close Enouncter of the Third KindEdit

An observation of an "Extraterrestrial Being" observed in association with a UFO sighting:

  • entity is observed only inside the UFO
  • entity is observed inside and outside the UFO
  • entity is observed near to a UFO, but not going in or out
  • entity is observed. No UFOs are seen by the observer, but UFO activity has been reported in the area at about the same time

Close Encounter of the Fourth KindEdit

A human is abducted by a UFO or its occupants.

Abductions usualy include but not limited to:

  • Experiments involving reproduction, cloning or other purpose. Usualy depends on which species are the abductors.
  • Odd experiences inside the craft but nor contact between entities and abductee.
  • Complete loss of memory but abductee suffers from horrible nightmares.

Close Encounter of the Fifth KindEdit

Direct Contact Situation, usualy involves some kind of formal contact between the entities and human (or humans) involved. These people are normally reported to be spechial individuals whom serve as messengers or mediators to the human world.