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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:23 PM

Anybody following the Sunspot solar observatory mystery?

https://www.cnet.com/news/mysterious-observatory-evacuation-stirs-alien-conspiracy-theories/

FBI agents showed up at the Sunspot solar observatory in tiny Sunspot, New Mexico, on Friday and shut down the facility, evacuating the local area, including the town post office.

"There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us anything," Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News. "I don't know why the FBI would get involved so quick and not tell us anything."

Five days later, the observatory's website confirms the entire facility is closed to both staff and the public until further notice.

"The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) who manages the facility is addressing a security issue at this time," AURA spokesperson Shari Lifson said in an emailed statement. "It's a temporary evacuation of the facility. We will open it up as soon as possible."

The FBI field offices in Albuquerque and in El Paso, Texas, didn't respond to a request for comment.

The observatory was built by the military in 1947 when it realized the sun could interfere with radio communications. The National Science Foundation ran the facility from the 1960s until this year, when operation was transferred to AURA and New Mexico State University.

Hopefully it isn't now in the process of being unwillfully transferred to aliens or foreign spies. We shall see.
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Six days into this and the post office and observatory are still closed. I love stuff like this.




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Response to outside (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:43 PM

1. Will have to listen to the opening segment of "coast to coast" in the morning.

Their take should be interesting, indeed.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:48 PM

2. I heard about this, I think it was yesterday. Thanks for the link.

I love this sort of stuff as well.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:22 PM

3. Another link, with more information and background . . . .

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/09/12/weird-fbi-closes-national-solar-observatory-over-mysterious-security-issue/

Ya got my interest. The closing of the Post Office is MOST curious imo

from the link I posted . . .

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UPDATE 9/12/18 4PM PST The issue may be related to Mercury (the metal, not the planet). On a tip from a science journalist friend who covers telescopes and who has been there, I verified the observatory uses a vat of liquid mercury as a float bearing for the giant solar telescope. According to an internal NSO/NMSU document, that bearing is “high-risk” during maintenance. If there was a major mercury spill, it might explain why the Feds are there, with FBI providing security. The amount of Mercury is said to be in the “tens of gallons” range, which is next to impossible to come by in the commercial market these days, and if it were weaponized, it would make a very nasty dirty bomb. Perhaps there’s some security issue with the mercury on-site.

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Anyhoo - I'll get back to my Netflix - am up to Season 2, Episode 7 of The X-Files, see what Mulder and Scully are up to . . .

"The Truth is Out There"



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Response to outside (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:57 PM

4. We need wild haired guy from the History Channel to tell us it is aliens.

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Response to Hades (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 08:05 PM

6. I know the guy your talking about.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 08:05 PM

5. So did something happen or going to happen?

I don't read anything about any kind of investigation going on. Looks like they just told people to leave and to say out.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 09:21 PM

7. Spotted Illegal Aliens coming to interfere with the midterms.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2018, 05:02 PM

8. Any more news on this?

I'm looking.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2018, 06:47 PM

9. Yeah, I've been following this on YouTube's Secureteam just over a week ago now.

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Response to outside (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2018, 07:59 PM

10. I call BS

https://www.ktsm.com/news/local/el-paso-news/child-pornography-reason-behind-sunspot-observatory-closure-according-to-court-documents/1460386237

Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents.

A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.

The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states.

An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name in on the warrant.

The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a personal laptop to download the child pornography.

A limited number of people have access to the observatory from dusk until dawn, which helped narrow their search.

The observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico had been closed since Sept. 6 because of an undisclosed security concern, but reopened on Monday.
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I bet they found some child porn at the site but I don't see the FBI flying in on a black hawk to bust a janitor.

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Response to outside (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 19, 2018, 08:49 PM

11. This certainly doesn't pass the "smell test". BS...indeed!!! .nt

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