Aliens, Spies, Sabotage, or...? Sunspot Solar Observatory Remains Closed After Mysterious 'Security Issue'

Friday, 14 September 2018 - 12:35PM
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Friday, 14 September 2018 - 12:35PM
Aliens, Spies, Sabotage, or...? Sunspot Solar Observatory Remains Closed After Mysterious 'Security Issue'
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Over in Sunspot, New Mexico last week, the National Solar Observatory raised a few eyebrows when the group that manages it, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), decided to suddenly and mysteriously close its doors to the public. The closure was said to be because of a "security issue," but no further details were given. The facility released a statement a week later but the situation and the cryptic messages shared via social media have given rise to a number of conspiracy theories about what exactly went down there. As to be expected with any conspiracy involving the study of space, some believe that extraterrestrial life forms are involved.

"On Thursday September 6th, AURA made the decision to temporarily close Sunspot," the facility wrote in a Facebook post. "The Sunspot Solar Observatory continues to work closely with AURA in order to allow for us to reopen as soon as possible. With the excitement this closure has generated, we hope you will come and visit us when we do reopen, and see for yourself the services we provide for science and public outreach in heliophysics." Local residents were reportedly also evacuated from the area following the incident. The comments section of Sunspot's post was flooded with links and questions about articles concerning apparent FBI interest in solar hurricanes. Others accused Sunspot of hiding proof of aliens. In an interview with local news, Sgt. Jon Emery of the Otero County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the FBI was investigating the security issue, but that they had "not contacted us. We don't know what they took, what their reason for being there was. We have no information on it." 

New Mexico State University professor and Sunspot Observatory director James McAteer commented on the rumors and denied any alien activity. "[The] telescope did not see aliens," McAteer told KOB 4. "All data will be made public in its unaltered form. Nothing is hidden or kept secret." The Observatory is still closed, and residents are still not being allowed in their homes. "My feeling is it's going to be something stupid and small and minuscule when it's all said and done but we will see," said a local named Sean Williams. 

If the FBI is hiding an alien or some other extraterrestrial data, we may never learn the truth.
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