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Sensor Scan: Close Encounters of the Third Kind


“'You're probably right, but that's not what the public is expecting — this is Hollywood and I want to give people something that's close to what they expect”

-Steven Spielberg to Jacques Vallée

It is named, of course, after J. Allen Hynek's system of classification. Hynek was an astronomer who worked with the United States Air Force as a scientific consultant into their studies into the UFO phenomenon, most famously Project Blue Book. Initially a staunch skeptic, Hynek's views began to change as he investigated more and more and more cases and it became less and less easy for him to discount the credibility of the witnesses he interviewed. After a falling out with the Air Force, Hynek spent the rest of his life investigating UFO cases on a personal basis, and is considering the pioneer of scientific research into UFOs. His famous scale is as follows, in order of increasing high strangeness:

  • Nocturnal Lights: Sightings of unexplained lights in the night sky.
  • Daylight Discs: Sightings of disc-shaped objects during the daytime.
  • Radar-Visual: Confirmed radar hits.
  • Close Encounters of the First Kind: A UFO observed less than 500 feet away.
  • Close Encounters of the Second Kind ...

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