NM Sunspot Solar Observatory Closure Explained

When the national Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico shit down on September 6th, there was not a whole lot of information to explain what was going on. Even the Sheriff’s Department seemed to be in the dark about what was going on except for the Black Helicopter. The theories were all over the spectrum, and you could choose your favorite little green men story if you wanted to. Now that they are back open, it seems to have been a security scare. Here are the details.

As Written and Reported By LISA GUTIERREZ for the Kansas City Star:

The national Sunspot Solar Observatory in an isolated, mountainous region of New Mexico was set to reopen Monday after it was shut down on Sept. 6 with little explanation.

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The group that manages the facility announced on the observatory’s Facebook page Sundaythat it had been “cooperating with an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak.”

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During that time, said the statement from the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), “we became concerned that a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location.”

Officials had said very little about why the observatory, near Alamagordo, shut down. Local law enforcement officials said the FBI was involved in the closure — which the feds have not confirmed or denied — and the resulting lack of information led to all kinds of conspiracy theories.

“It was our decision to evacuate the facility,” AURA spokeswoman Shari Lifson said after the observatory closed, according to the Alamogordo Daily News. “I am actually not sure (when the facility was vacated) but it will stay vacated until further …..


NM Sunspot Solar Observatory set to reopen after FBI closing | The Kansas City Star


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