Mysterious ‘Security Issue’ Closes Sunspot Observatory In New Mexico

by | Sep 17, 2018 | Conspiracy Fact and Theory, Headline News | 30 comments

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    A strange and mysterious issue is being blamed for the closure of a sunspot observatory in New Mexico.  The timing of the “security issue” which caused the closure is odd as well, considering the sun’s current activity as it heads into its solar minimum cycle. 

    The Sunspot Solar Observatory that was closed is located atop Sacramento Peak and overlooks Tularosa Basin, which includes the city of Alamogordo, Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range, and White Sands National Monument. Authorities had evacuated all employees from the site, including four from New Mexico State University. About a dozen residents around the site were evacuated and the U.S. Postal Service decided to evacuate employees, too, according to a report by the Alamogordo Daily News.

    According to Fox News, the observatory is set to reopen after the temporary closure due to an undisclosed “security issue.” But that hasn’t stopped people from asking questions about this odd event which has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Theories have surfaced as is always the case when people believe secrets are being kept from them.

    The Sunspot Solar Observatory no longer faces a “security threat” to the staff, however, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) said in a statement Sunday. The facility has been closed since September 6 but will reopen sometime today.

    “We recognize that the lack of communications, while the facility was vacated, was concerning and frustrating for some. However, our desire to provide additional information had to be balanced against the risk that, if spread at the time, the news would alert the suspect and impede the law enforcement investigation. That was a risk we could not take,” officials said.

    Fox News further reported that the Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News the sheriff’s office was asked to stand by and mentioned that the FBI was involved. “The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on,” House told the newspaper. “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,” he continued, just as confused as everyone else appeared to be.

    In the statement from AURA, it is claimed that the only reason they are reopening the facility is because of the publicity many have given to the sunspot observatory’s closure. “Given the significant amount of publicity the temporary closure has generated, and the consequent expectation of an unusual number of visitors to the site, we are temporarily engaging a security service while the facility returns to a normal working environment,” the statement said.

    It’s unclear what the security threat to the observatory was. The FBI referred all questions back to the association but aren’t answering many of them anyway. But there are still many unanswered questions puzzling even those involved according to House.

    Due to the number of people who showed up questioning the sunspot observatory’s closure, security guards from Red Rock Security had been summoned to guard the perimeter. The Alamogordo Daily News reported that one of the guards told the newspaper at least 35 people had shown up by Friday.

    So as we approach solar minimum, why is there so much secrecy still surrounding this observatory’s closure? Who knows, but the internet isn’t short on theories.

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      1. Anonymous

        The secrecy around this, secrecy which is most likely not necessary, is giving birth to all kinds of conspiracy theories from all sorts of people.

        That’s why the reason is being kept secret, to inspire conspiracy theories that deflect attention from whatever is actually going on that they don’t want the public to find out about.

        From what I understand, there are only a couple of (presumably private) security guards securing the installation which would seem rather odd for something that requires serious actions and secrecy about why they were taken. You’d think there would be, at a minimum, Federal police or military used if it was something actually serious.

        In any event, if a reason is ever released, the actions to date will probably prevent many people from accepting the explanation as truth.

        • durangokidd

          The latest, most recent report states that the closure was conducted for a “criminal investigation”.

          Complete bullshit as it is it not necessary to evacuate the town or close the Post Office, unless we are talking about a potential “white powder” or biohazard type scare.

          Just my take. 🙂

      2. Concerned Citizen

        I can only imagine what this is truly about. You can bet anything the masters of deceit (Gov’t) tells you is well complete B.S. I imagine it is safe to say no matter what it is, it’s not good! Sure would be interesting if some kind of horrid “situation” was to happen in short order . . . . .

      3. Horse'sass

        The only thing for certain this day and age is that you can never, ever, believe a word the government says. Eternal vigilance.

        Having said that , easiest explanation would be the crash of some experimental military hardware. Other cameras in various parts of country/ world studying solar activity blanked out to throw off the conspiracy theorists.

      4. JayJay

        I don’t usually get concerned about stories I read about…but this one has my full attention.
        One can not ignore this.
        Of course, we will NEVER get the truth.

      5. JayJay

        One account I read–and I read several– said one employee of the NM observatory was allowed to enter at specific times to monitor?? equipment?? and wasn’t allowed access to any space other than that one…his living quarters are INSIDE the facility and he isn’t allowed there.
        Now, it can’t be contamination because 6 other observatories around the world have been ‘quarantined’.
        Word has it that what is being seen in those telescopes isn’t for our eyes and to be kept privy to only the few.

      6. repr sleepr

        My guess is that the shitter is not working and the local “turd herder” (plumber) is swamped with calls.

      7. Him

        They closed the local Post Office also. The FBI arrived in blackhawk helicopters. It appears the speed of the insertion was important. To prevent someone from destroying evidence? During the raid, the government also had workers on the nearby towers. To disconnect something that wasn’t supposed to be there? Nearby is a missile test area and an air force base where tests are made on secret aircraft. Sounds like possible espionage. Those sneaky Chinese.

        • grandee

          internet hack?

        • Yahooie

          That sounds more plausible than my initial theory of the EPA having found some new lizard to protect.

      8. War Horse

        Fyi, It has become known that 6 more Solar Observatories (Australia, Chile, Spain, Hawaii (2), and Pennsylvania) have been shutdown: We note that all these solar/space cams down at the same time as the Solar Observatory in New Mexico.

      9. southside

        All 7 observatories open in Arizona

        • Maranatha

          Imagine the following scenario.

          You have 1.5 million who evacuated due to the hurricane. But more will be forced to relocate due to flooding as dams and levees have overflowed.

          Hogs will certainly die and cause a disease outbreak.

          Then a solar flare happens with desperate people already homeless and living in parking lots, camping, in motel ooms they can’t pay for, etc.

          And they already emptied grocery and hardware stores of supplies.

          Ain’t good and might cause a ruckus.

          It gets worse. What was the effect thus far on military ops and capacity?

      10. foreverawake

        One must also factor in that this site is very close to Holloman Air Force Base and the White Sands Missile Range. It is not out of the question that there were bad actors at this site spying on Holloman. This has nothing to do with the Sun, and everything to do with who was working there and what they were observing. My guess is that spies were afoot.

      11. B from CA

        The sun can cause disruption to satellites. By knowing when satellites are going to go down in advance, gives an opportunity for a hostile individual, group, or State to carry out an attack. This is a fact, not a theory.

        Any number of conspiracy theories can be hypothesized based upon this knowledge.

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      12. I'll Fight Your Mom

        Mac,
        I am glad this article was published on SHTF. But, I believe you have mistaken the purpose of the closure for hiding “sunspot” activity; it could have been any type of hazard, breech or threat to the facility. The observatory looks at other things besides “sunspots” on the sun. At this time no one knows the purpose of the closure and to presume they are hiding “sunspot” activity is just, well, presumptuous. At least this is how I interpreted your article.

      13. Dave

        The cover story is as silly and conspiratorial as the original. One is left only with the idea something strange is going on. If there was a security issue that required the whole town to be “disappeared”, why was the town still open to wondering inquisitive visitors? How is it that out-of-towners could simply drive on in? Look around? And see no one is there? Only after the fact did they post local gaurds.

        Something is going on for sure, and it has nothing to do with the nonsense they will tell us.

      14. Maranatha

        If we have a bad solar minimum like we did with the mini Ice Age then everything you know and learned about gardening,farming, or gathering wild edibles will be off and incorrect.

        Your rainfall, frosts, hail, snowm wind, planting/gathering/harvest times will be wrong as the weather will be so cold.

        Things you expect to happen won’t happen and things like when to harvest acorns and maple syrup will be weirdly delayed. Many small wild edibles may be greatly delayed due to low mass.

        I would study up on cloches and cold frames because you ought to know this already.

        Heat in summer makes things turn to seed and may be severely affected. Yields may be horribly small. There’s history where Spring/Summer/Autumn turns into an abbreviated Summer and lengthy Winter that arrives early and lasts TOO LONG. It will mess up planting peas, spinach, cabbage, brocoli, etc. I mean if you raise your transplants, then you have a way to warm up your seed trays for good germination and have lighting so they aren’t spindly. But other folks are going to have issues with adequate soil temperature.

        With solar min you’re going to have unpredictable killing frosts that cripple your fruit harvests.

        Any autumn cabbage family planting may be impossible.

        Besides all this you have health effects like exposure and frostbite and far worse bouts of influenza.

      15. kay123

        Closing it for any reason might be understandable.
        But….. since the FBI (FiB) is doing it, I would belive
        it is more likely to hide some M/E terrorisum like maybe
        several thousand illegal airplanes descending from the skies
        onto US soil. Probably “stealth fighter jets”…….paid for with
        American money…..American know-how….. built by foreign
        builders.
        This is how much the FBI loves us.
        Did they also disable our air control?? or are they also CIA and
        part of the deception?

        Surprises, are not always a good thing.
        Remember…WWII…Sept.11, 2001. There were warnings but nobody
        told the public…. for a reason. It was a planned execution.

      16. Maranatha

        If the solar min happens, all pollenation will be reduced or even absent in a worse case scenario. The bee population, which terribly has been affected, might die so that even when the late flowers come, they’re not around to do their job. Clover may die or be extremely delayed due to low mass. Honey yields will be low.

        Food prices will RISE due to extremely low yields. You probably don’t have enough food and money is tight so it’s bulk dehydrated food that is added. This means eating more beans and cornbread regularly. Groeing up when we had meat, it was a hamhock. You might try some Indian recipes with tumeric as the spice. A lot of people like curry once they get used to it.

        Famine causes war in history.

      17. Him

        Now the operators of the facility say there was danger to the employees from criminal activity so the operators decided to evacuate the place, not the FBI. I call BS. If there was a threat, why would they keep the local Sheriff out of the loop? They’re still lying. And now it’s obvious.

      18. Beaumont

        Dues-paying members are allowed to point (many more than 6) telescopes wherever they like, from the comfort of their home computer.

        imhblo, security theater drills would usually take place, wherever some too-big-to-fail institution has failed. It’s a shame to see the infrastructure wasted on games, but, for the most part, all you see are cinderblock buildings, there, and info which anyone could access, independently.

      19. Lori

        Maranatha, I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your posts. You have a lot of great advise. I always pause to read your words of wisdom. Thank you!

        • Maranatha

          That’s kind of you to say, Lori. Good luck in your prepping.

      20. Norman Oliver

        OOOoooo, shiny object… Look a squirl

      21. Maranatha

        The local sheriff is cursing the FBI due to the coverup as he’s out of the loop so he can’t do his job. And apparently a bunch have been forced to sign nondisclosure agreements or else face federal law enforcement.

      22. Maranatha

        …and there was a mysterious death near by if folks want to look into that as that is shady as well. A body was found near a vehicle…it may or may not be related but the timing is sure weird.

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