In ufology , a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object . This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek , and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry . [1] He introduced the first three kinds of encounters; more sub-types of close encounters were later added by others, but these additional categories are not universally accepted by UFO researchers, mainly because they depart from the scientific rigor that Hynek aimed to bring to ufology. [2]

Sightings more than 500 feet (150 m) from the witness are classified as "Daylight Discs," "Nocturnal Lights," or "Radar/Visual Reports." [3] Sightings within about 500 feet are subclassified as various types of "close encounters." Hynek and others argued that a claimed close encounter must occur within about 500 feet to greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of misidentifying conventional aircraft or other known phenomena. [4]

Hynek's scale became well known after being referenced in a 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind , which is named after the third level of the scale. Posters for the film recited the three levels of the scale, and Hynek himself makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film.

For the first time, content specifically for Wikipedia has been made in space, aboard the International Space Station. Andy Mabbett explains how this came to happen.

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli recently recorded his spoken voice for use on his Wikipedia article—a small step for him, but a giant leap for the Wikimedia movement. This milestone is the first time content has been made in space specifically for Wikipedia.

Paolo, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, made the recording while orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station for the Italian Space Agency mission VITA .

Film Concerts Live! is honored to bring Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece,  Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to concert venues around the world. Widely considered one of the most treasured and influential science fiction films of all time, Close Encounters of the Third Kind  features a groundbreaking score written by John Williams, which will now be performed live to picture.

Written and directed by Spielberg, the film tells the story of Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), an ordinary blue-collar electrical lineman from Indiana who experiences a close encounter with an unidentified flying object. Increasingly obsessed with this unexplained phenomenon, Roy is drawn to a series of seemingly random strangers, each of whom has come in contact with similar UFOs, eventually making his way to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, where he finds the answers he seeks and where his life is forever changed.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Original Score, Close Encounters of the Third Kind remains as engrossing and inspiring today as it was forty years ago. Now, for the first time ever, audiences will be able to experience John Williams’ magnificent score performed in its entirety by full symphony orchestras, live and in sync with this extraordinary film.

The first days of June 2017 were a busy period at the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Dragon CRS-11 cargo ship arrived and berthed, and the Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-7 “S.S. John Glenn” cargo ship unberthed and departed.

There was also another spacecraft sneaking up for a close approach, one that was classified and not supposed to be noticed. On June 3, the US military satellite USA 276 approached the ISS to a nominal distance of 6.4 kilometers and effectively circled the ISS in both the cross-track and along-track directions.

On May 1, at 7:15 am EDT (1115 GMT), SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a classified payload from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida. The launch was designated NROL-76, and it carried a payload into low Earth obit for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The launch had been postponed twice: first from April 16 to April 30, and then (due to a sensor issue on the Falcon 9 booster) to May 1.

In ufology , a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object . This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek , and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry . [1] He introduced the first three kinds of encounters; more sub-types of close encounters were later added by others, but these additional categories are not universally accepted by UFO researchers, mainly because they depart from the scientific rigor that Hynek aimed to bring to ufology. [2]

Sightings more than 500 feet (150 m) from the witness are classified as "Daylight Discs," "Nocturnal Lights," or "Radar/Visual Reports." [3] Sightings within about 500 feet are subclassified as various types of "close encounters." Hynek and others argued that a claimed close encounter must occur within about 500 feet to greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of misidentifying conventional aircraft or other known phenomena. [4]

Hynek's scale became well known after being referenced in a 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind , which is named after the third level of the scale. Posters for the film recited the three levels of the scale, and Hynek himself makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film.

In ufology , a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object . This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek , and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry . [1] He introduced the first three kinds of encounters; more sub-types of close encounters were later added by others, but these additional categories are not universally accepted by UFO researchers, mainly because they depart from the scientific rigor that Hynek aimed to bring to ufology. [2]

Sightings more than 500 feet (150 m) from the witness are classified as "Daylight Discs," "Nocturnal Lights," or "Radar/Visual Reports." [3] Sightings within about 500 feet are subclassified as various types of "close encounters." Hynek and others argued that a claimed close encounter must occur within about 500 feet to greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of misidentifying conventional aircraft or other known phenomena. [4]

Hynek's scale became well known after being referenced in a 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind , which is named after the third level of the scale. Posters for the film recited the three levels of the scale, and Hynek himself makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film.

For the first time, content specifically for Wikipedia has been made in space, aboard the International Space Station. Andy Mabbett explains how this came to happen.

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli recently recorded his spoken voice for use on his Wikipedia article—a small step for him, but a giant leap for the Wikimedia movement. This milestone is the first time content has been made in space specifically for Wikipedia.

Paolo, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, made the recording while orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station for the Italian Space Agency mission VITA .

Film Concerts Live! is honored to bring Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece,  Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to concert venues around the world. Widely considered one of the most treasured and influential science fiction films of all time, Close Encounters of the Third Kind  features a groundbreaking score written by John Williams, which will now be performed live to picture.

Written and directed by Spielberg, the film tells the story of Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), an ordinary blue-collar electrical lineman from Indiana who experiences a close encounter with an unidentified flying object. Increasingly obsessed with this unexplained phenomenon, Roy is drawn to a series of seemingly random strangers, each of whom has come in contact with similar UFOs, eventually making his way to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, where he finds the answers he seeks and where his life is forever changed.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Original Score, Close Encounters of the Third Kind remains as engrossing and inspiring today as it was forty years ago. Now, for the first time ever, audiences will be able to experience John Williams’ magnificent score performed in its entirety by full symphony orchestras, live and in sync with this extraordinary film.

In ufology , a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object . This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek , and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry . [1] He introduced the first three kinds of encounters; more sub-types of close encounters were later added by others, but these additional categories are not universally accepted by UFO researchers, mainly because they depart from the scientific rigor that Hynek aimed to bring to ufology. [2]

Sightings more than 500 feet (150 m) from the witness are classified as "Daylight Discs," "Nocturnal Lights," or "Radar/Visual Reports." [3] Sightings within about 500 feet are subclassified as various types of "close encounters." Hynek and others argued that a claimed close encounter must occur within about 500 feet to greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of misidentifying conventional aircraft or other known phenomena. [4]

Hynek's scale became well known after being referenced in a 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind , which is named after the third level of the scale. Posters for the film recited the three levels of the scale, and Hynek himself makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film.

For the first time, content specifically for Wikipedia has been made in space, aboard the International Space Station. Andy Mabbett explains how this came to happen.

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli recently recorded his spoken voice for use on his Wikipedia article—a small step for him, but a giant leap for the Wikimedia movement. This milestone is the first time content has been made in space specifically for Wikipedia.

Paolo, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, made the recording while orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station for the Italian Space Agency mission VITA .

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