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Hynek's UFO Classifications

Hynek Classification System

Dr. J Allen Hynek

Published: 5:05 PM 6/10/2001

later enhanced by Jacques Vallee...

by J. Allen Hynek Ph.D.

Summary: The system used to categorize the various types of UFO sightings invented by Dr J. Allen Hynek and adopted by many UFO researchers as the standard for classification. The system was later enhanced by Jacques Vallee.

HYNEK CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

A system used to categorize the various types of UFO sightings invented by Dr J. Allen Hynek. The categories are as follows...

NOCTURNAL LIGHT

Any anomalous light(s) seen in the night sky whose description rules out the possibilities of aircraft lights, stars, meteors and the like.

DAYLIGHT DISK UFOs

seen in the distant daytime sky. The UFOs classed in this category can be other shapes as well, like cigars, eggs and ovals.

RADAR-VISUALS

Where UFOs are tracked on radar and can be seen at the place illustrated at the same time.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...

OF THE FIRST KIND (CEI)

A UFO in close proximity (within approx 500 feet) of the witness.

OF THE SECOND KIND (CEII)

A UFO that leaves markings on the ground, causes burns or paralysis to humans, frightens animals, interferes with car engines or TV and radio reception.

OF THE THIRD KIND (CEIII)

A CEI or CEII which have visible occupants.

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