Types of UFO Sightings

UFO sightings have been classified into various different categories. There are seven classes of “close encounters”, of either the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh kind.

UFO sightings that are more than 500 feet from the witness are classified as "Daylight Discs", "Nocturnal Lights" or "Radar/Visual Reports". Sightings within about 500 feet are sub classified as various "close encounters".

First kind
A close encounter of the first kind is a sighting of an unidentified flying object or objects. Reports of "flying saucers", odd lights, or aerial objects that cannot be attributed to “human technology” can all be considered close encounters of the first kind.

Second kind
A close encounter of the second kind is an observation of physical evidence of extra-terrestrials. Footprints, heat or radiation damage to terrain, and crop circles found in the vicinity of a UFO sighting could be considered examples of close encounters of the second kind.

Third kind
A close encounter of the third kind is an observation of one or more occupants associated with a craft or crafts.

Fourth kind
A close encounter of the fourth kind is abduction by an extraterrestrial intelligence. There are two types of close encounters of the fourth kind. The first involves forcible abduction by an extraterrestrial intelligence by unwilling abductees. The second type involves willful agreement to be taken.

In a class 1 encounter abductees may experience severe reality distortion, memory lapses, "post abduction trauma" symptoms such as fear and anxiety, physiological effects, paralysis, and time-space disorientation.

Class 2 events are technically classified as abductions, but occur when a witness voluntary assists or willfully follows an entity.

Fifth kind
Close encounters of the fifth kind involve direct communication between extraterrestrials and human beings. This is the rarest and most controversial form of close encounter.

Sixth kind
An encounter involving the death of a human being or other animal during an event, witnesses who report UFO sightings over fields, for example, where cattle mutilations have taken place are classed as encounters of the sixth kind.

Seventh kind
A close encounter of the seventh kind involves genetic interchange between aliens and humans, and the fecundation of a human with alien seed (maybe some type of blend of human sperm and alien chromosomes), with or without further pregnancy of a human being until the development of an embryo that can develop and grow inside an alien's body or inside some type of nurturing machine. Some abductees claim that they met a blended human-alien race in space.

List of major UFO sightings