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In ufology, a close encounter is basically 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. Continue reading for more.

5. Robert Taylor UFO Encounter

The Robert Taylor Incident, sometimes also referred to as the Livingston Incident or the Dechmont Woods Encounter is the name given an event which occurred on Dechmont Law (“law” means “hill” in the Scots language) near Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland in 1979, in which local forester Robert “Bob” Taylor reported encountering an extraterrestrial spacecraft. It is notable as being the first reported UFO case to have been officially investigated by the Scottish Lothian and Borders Police. As of 2007, it was the only recorded incident in which a UFO sighting has been the subject of a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom.

4. Puerto Rico

On May 14, 1988 a Puerto Rican man claimed to have been abducted by aliens. He says that these beings took him to a special location and showed them where they came from with holographic projections. Some notable events mentioned included a meteor disaster as well as a world government that lived on an island.

3. Zimbabwe

On September 14, 1994, a mysterious unidentified craft streaked across the sky over Southern Africa. Two days later, something landed in a schoolyard in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, with three or four beings beside it, according to journalist Cynthia Hind. This encounter was witnessed by 62 schoolchildren who had little or no exposure to TV or popular press accounts of UFOs.

2. Travis Walton

The Walton case received mainstream publicity and remains one of the best-known instances of alleged alien abduction. UFO historian Jerome Clark writes that “Few abduction reports have generated as much controversy” as the Walton case.[3] It is furthermore one of the very few alien abduction cases with corroborative eyewitnesses, and one of few abduction cases where the time allegedly spent in the custody of aliens plays a rather minor role in the overall account.

1. Carl Higdon

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