What is a UFO?
An unidentified flying object (UFO) is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified by the observer.
Are UFOs from another world?
Most UFOs upon investigation can be identified and are of earthly or known space origin. There is a small percentage of UFO cases that to date have been unexplained. This doesn't necessarily mean they are of extraterrestrial origin it just means as of now the origin of the UFO case is still unknown.
What is a close encounter?
In the study of UFOs a close encounter is used as a system of classification for an encounter a person may experiences with a UFO or extraterrestrial. There were original 3 types when the classification system was created by Allen Hynek which has since been expanded to seven classes. The most commonly used classifications are the ones below:
- First Kind - Visual sightings of an unidentified flying object, seemingly less than 500 feet away, that show an appreciable angular extension and considerable detail.
- Second Kind - A UFO event in which a physical effect is alleged. This can be interference in the functioning of a vehicle or electronic device, animals reacting, a physiological effect such as paralysis or heat and discomfort in the witness, or some physical trace like impressions in the ground, scorched or otherwise affected vegetation, or a chemical trace.
- Third Kind - UFO encounters in which an animated entity is present. These include humanoids, robots, and humans who seem to be occupants or pilots of a UFO.
- Fourth Kind - A Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind is a UFO event in which a human is abducted by a UFO or its occupants.
- Fifth Kind - A Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind is a UFO event that involves direct communication between aliens and humans.
- Sixth Kind - Death of a human or animal associated with a UFO sighting.
Is the word UFO still used?
The word UFO has long been used by pilots both civilian and military to describe objects they are unable to identify in the moment they are observed, and at a later time when they object has been identified it is sometimes classed as an IFO (Identified Flying Object).
These days the term UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) is used instead of UFO, the term UFO has developed a stereotype over the years mostly due to hollyword that every UFO must have aliens in them.