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National Solar Observatory: What's Going On?

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FensterZero

Anyone have any 411?  I've read that espionage may be at play, but why evacuate?

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Essan

Always helps to provide a link (from a reasonably reliable news source) so people know what you are talking about

An observatory in a small New Mexico town has been forced to close amid very suspicious circumstances.

The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot was closed a week ago, as was the town's post office, for reasons reported to be security-related.

The local sheriff's office is in the dark as much as anyone, with Otero County Sheriff Benny House telling ABC 7: "The FBI is refusing to tell us what's going on.

"We've got people up there (at Sunspot) that requested us to standby while they evacuate it, nobody would really elaborate on any of the circumstances as to why.

"The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say."

https://news.sky.com/story/mystery-closure-of-observatory-and-fbi-presence-in-sunspot-new-mexico-11496171

 

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Essan

NSO website: https://www.nso.edu/

My immediate thought is that they have received a suspicious (contaminated?) parcel by post (hence post office closed as well)?

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seanjo
1 hour ago, Essan said:

NSO website: https://www.nso.edu/

My immediate thought is that they have received a suspicious (contaminated?) parcel by post (hence post office closed as well)?

With the equipment they have up there, I'm thinking equipment failure and either chemical or radiation contamination or both.

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seanjo
1 hour ago, FensterZero said:

Anyone have any 411?

I need a translator for that!

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The Caspian Hare

That's directly east of Holloman Air Force Base by the way, and within line of sight of White Sands Missile Range (though I think every peak nearby is line of sight of WSMR.)

News vaguely describes it as a "security issue" and people being seen working on antennas/towers.

So it is possible they are installing some kind of monitoring equipment on the towers. Or it is possible that a foreign power installed espionage equipment on those towers and the feds are there to remove it. 

Either way this should be good fodder for the conspiracy crowd. :alien:

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Seti42

I live in NM, and have been following this story for almost a week now. Weird. Very weird. And I doubt there will ever be answers. Here's the link for the local news:

https://www.kvia.com/news/top-stories/closure-of-national-solar-observatory-remains-shrouded-in-mystery/793035021

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Noxasa

Maybe nibiru has finally peeked from around the sun as cospiratorialists have been claiming it would for years.  LOL.

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aztek

seems like feds are doing something, and evacuating everyone so no one sees them doing whatever it is they do.

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South Alabam

Since they were around the antennas and it was a security issue, someone may have found a way to hack into the data received and steal or manipulate that data. Just an idea.

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seanjo
11 minutes ago, aztek said:

seems like feds are doing something, and evacuating everyone so no one sees them doing whatever it is they do.

What would "the Feds" be "doing" in a Solar Observatory? Feds uphold the Federal law... I'd go with not mysterious, just something that is a Federal security risk.

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seanjo
13 minutes ago, South Alabam said:

Since they were around the antennas and it was a security issue, someone may have found a way to hack into the data received and steal or manipulate that data. Just an idea.

God forbid someone should discover the Sun apart from the US!

 

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aztek
Just now, seanjo said:

What would "the Feds" be "doing" in a Solar Observatory?.

VERY Good question, 100's of things we can and can't imagine, what security issue can there be in a observatory?  i just do not buy their security issue, it is not like feds ever told the truth. i just have no reason to trust anything they say,

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seanjo
1 minute ago, aztek said:

VERY Good question, 100's of things we can and can't imagine, what security issue can there be in a observatory?  i just do not buy their security issue, it is not like feds ever told the truth. i just have no reason to trust anything they say,

As I said earlier, an evacuation says to me chemical spill or radiation leak due to equipment failure, maybe there is a suspicion of sabotage.

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aztek
Just now, seanjo said:

As I said earlier, an evacuation says to me chemical spill or radiation leak due to equipment failure, maybe there is a suspicion of sabotage.

there is nothing there that would warrant evacuation of such large area.  gas analyzers, and giger counters are available to anyone, and i'm sure someone would know, if chem or radiation contamination was present, there is also not a single hazmat vehicle there.

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Gromdor

One of the articles I perused did have a official quote citing, "Security Issues."

 

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aztek
Just now, Gromdor said:

One of the articles I perused did have a official quote citing, "Security Issues."

 

standard "fk off" answer, same as walmart's "plumbing issue" excuse after closing 5 stores

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Gromdor
6 minutes ago, aztek said:

standart "fk off" answer

But it is more specific than just regular maintenance.  The did evacuate it as well: https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/2018/09/07/sunspot-observatory-south-cloudcroft-closed-due-security-issue/1227788002/

I'm leaning towards a "suspicious object or powder" theory.  Should find out in a day or so.  The public can actually visit it: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g47221-d6628409-Reviews-National_Solar_Observatory_Sacramento_Peak-Sunspot_New_Mexico.html

So I doubt it is some secret government project thing. Click my second link and you can see a bunch of pictures of the place

 

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RavenHawk

People have brought up Chinese spying on White Sands or perhaps Holloman.  But also, at Spaceport America, NASA with UP Aerospace launched a test of ADEPT, a deployable, umbrella-like heat shield on Wednesday.  Maybe this was a sting to force the spies to rearrange their antennas from White Sands to Spaceport.  The act of doing that would be a give away.

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Sir Wearer of Hats

I’m not saying it’s aliens, but....

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Stiff

Nothing to see here. Move along please.

 

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NCC1701

"They" are not the FBI.

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Timothy
17 minutes ago, NCC1701 said:

"They" are not the FBI.

?

Who is “they” and why are “they” not the FBI?

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RavenHawk

Who is They?

 

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