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What are close encounters of the first and second kind?

The Answer

The First Kind – Observing a UFO

The Second Kind – Physical evidence of a UFO or Alien

The Third Kind – Contact with an alien.


This terminology was coined by UFO researcher and professor J. Allan Hynek in a section of his book The UFO Experience titled Close Encounters.

Dr. Hynek was a technical advisor in Steven Spielberg’s 1980 classic film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He was paid a small fee and even made an uncredited cameo appearance as one of the researches in the climax of the movie.

For your entertainment, here is a translation of the musical interaction scene at the end of the film (warning: language may not be suitable for all viewers).

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