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Old 09-18-18, 10:48 PM
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Mysterious "fed raid" on solar observatory

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Original Article: Sunspot Solar Observatory Closure

The Sunspot Solar Observatory facility at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, has been temporarily shut down at the insistence of the FBI. Neither the FBI, nor officials at the observatory, nor the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which operates the facility, will say why.

On Thursday, Sept. 6th, both the Observatory and the nearby United States Post Office were shut down and evacuated due to a security threat.

The AURA website offers only a brief statement on the closure, issued on Friday, Sept. 14th, one week after the closure and evacuation took place.

“The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is addressing a security issue at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) facility at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure until further notice. All other NSO facilities are open and operating normally. AURA, which manages Sacramento Peak with funding from the National Science Foundation, is working with the proper authorities on this issue.” – Shari Lifson, AURA Corporate Communications Coordinator.

Lifson has made other statements to media outlets, but they haven’t shed any light on the situation either. Lifson told ABC affiliate KVIA, “We have decided to temporarily vacate this facility as a precautionary measure. And we’re working with the proper authorities on this issue.”

In a statement to Alamogordo Daily News, Lifson said, “The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy who manages the facility is addressing a security issue at this time. We have decided to vacate the facility at this time as precautionary measure. It was our decision to evacuate the facility.”

Whatever’s happening at the Sunspot Solar Observatory, it isn’t affecting the nearby Apache Point Observatory (APO), site of the Sloan Digital Sky Telescope, which is only a mile away from the SSO, and is operated by a different organization.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) issued a very brief statement on the closure of the Post Office, saying only “Effective Thursday, September 6, services will be suspended at the Sunspot, NM, Post Office, 1 Main St., due to a nearby situation.”

Otero County Sheriff Benny House told Alamogordo Daily News that “The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on.” In the same interview House also said, “But for the FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about it, there was a lot of stuff going on up there. There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything.”


Liquid mercury is stored beneath the observatory, so there’s been some speculation that a mercury spill may be involved. But that doesn’t explain the attention being paid to antennae and towers. Some have speculated that a foreign agent has tried to hack into the communications system,, hence the personnel sighted around the towers and antennae. But that doesn’t explain why the local post office is closed.

The FBI hasn’t made any statements on the nature of the security threat at the observatory. Speculation on the closure and evacuation is ongoing, and as usual, some pretty wild conspiracy theories are sprouting up. FBI and Blackhawk helicopters are like bright lights to all the conspiracy theory moths that inhabit the internet.
Update: Sept. 18th.

The mystery surrounding the closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory has been (mostly) cleared up. After being closed and vacated on Sept. 6th due to an unspecified security threat, the facility is now open, and will resume normal scientific activities next week.

In a statement, Shari Lifson, spokesperson for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the body that operates the Sunspot Observatory, said that the facility was closed as a “precautionary measure.”

“During this time, we became concerned that a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents.” – Shari Lifson, AURA Spokesperson.

“AURA has been cooperating with an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak. During this time, 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.”

The closure of the observatory—and of the local post office—caused quite a stir, as people tried to figure out what might be going on. Workers were seen on the observatory’s tower and antennae, which added to the speculation. The official statement doesn’t clear up those details, though.

AURA’s statement said that the decision to vacate the observatory was done to protect personnel at the facility’s remote location. “AURA determined that moving the small number of on-site staff and residents off the mountain was the most prudent and effective action to ensure their safety.”
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So many pieces of those statements which don't make sense ...
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Aw, I wanted it to involve aliens.
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Aw, I wanted it to involve aliens.
Of course it involves aliens! The government just doesn't want us to know that.
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They discovered aliens......on the SUN!
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They discovered aliens......on the SUN!
The Parker Solar Probe was launched August 12. I think you're right and they made contact. The Solarians first comment was "Yeah, but it's a dry heat."
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The Parker Solar Probe was launched August 12. I think you're right and they made contact. The Solarians first comment was "Yeah, but it's a dry heat."
Their second commend was "So what the fuck is the deal with that Trump guy?"
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Aw, I wanted it to involve aliens.
To be fair, they never really specified whether the criminal activity was terrestrial or extraterrestrial.
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“But for the FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about it, there was a lot of stuff going on up there. There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything.”
The FBI is always secretive. They don't just come out and blabber what they're doing, regardless of how trivial it is. If it's a federal building, particular hazmat materials, certain crimes, etc., they get involved.

My question...is why so many major media outlets haven't been investigating this and reporting about it. Obviously, more "important news" has overshadowed this very real news story.

Will be interesting to see what happened.

P.S., we haven't heard anything from the FBI via "leakage syndrome", probably because it has nothing to do with politics. Which means it might actually be a problem.
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Hey, don’t be so critical. They have to tell us all about the hurricane that hit 7 days ago.
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The FBI is always secretive.
That's because they're always dealing with extraterrestrials, obviously.
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That's because they're extraterrestrials, obviously.
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The Parker Solar Probe was launched August 12. I think you're right and they made contact. The Solarians first comment was "Yeah, but it's a dry heat."
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The most credible rumor I've heard is that someone working out of the observatory was attempting to hack the military drones tested at the nearby military base, likely foreign spies. That would be a national security matter and would necessitate the FBI coming in to shut everything down before any of the hacked data could be passed out.
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The most credible rumor I've heard is that aliens were flying in the area and landed near the observatory.

Fixed your post - WHY ARE YOU DRAWING ATTENTION TO YOURSELF?!
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It was child porn.
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It was child porn.
I thought you were kidding

Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure
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The most credible rumor I've heard is that someone working out of the observatory was attempting to hack the military drones tested at the nearby military base, likely foreign spies. That would be a national security matter and would necessitate the FBI coming in to shut everything down before any of the hacked data could be passed out.
One podcast that I listen to was speculating about spying (there are four military bases nearby). However, that wouldn’t necessarily be FBI territory. FBI is (generally) domestic issues. You’d have CIA and Homeland Security involved if there were foreign interests.
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Uh, what about the post office? And since when does kiddie porn result in an evacuation for “safety precautions”?

Also, what about the 6 other solar observatories/live feeds that went dead at the same time?

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I think its all a cover up for this:
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science...can-ncna911136

No one is saying that any pointy-eared aliens live there, but astronomers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting 40 Eridani A, a star known to "Star Trek" fans as the host star of Spock's home planet, Vulcan.

The newfound exoplanet is 16 light-years from Earth in the Constellation Eridanus. It orbits its host star — a sunlike star with the formal designation of HD 26965 — just inside the habitable zone, where water could exist in liquid form and where life as we know it could be possible.

"It came as a total surprise to us," Jian Ge, a professor of astronomy at the University of Florida and co-author of a new paper about the discovery, told NBC News MACH in an email. "We did not have an intention to look for Vulcan orbiting HD 26965."


The exoplanet is about twice the size of Earth and is considered the closest "super-Earth" orbiting a sunlike star. For now, it's known as HD 26965b, in keeping with naming guidelines set forth by the International Astronomical Union. But Ge said he planned to contact the Union to ask that the exoplanet be named Vulcan.

It might be fun to name a real-life planet after a fictional world, but is it — as Spock might ask — logical? "Absolutely yes!" Sara Seager, an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, said in an email. "'Star Trek' (and other science fiction) paved the way for people to get excited about real exoplanets."

Ge said the exoplanet is likely to have an atmosphere and to be tidally locked to its host star. That means one side perpetually faces the star while the other side points away. If this is the case, the side facing the host star would likely be very hot — "probably too hot to be habitable," Seager said.

But Ge said the surface of the dark, cooler side could be habitable, adding, "On the other hand, life can also survive underground. Like what Star Trek imagines, Vulcans stay in the caves."


Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, said super-Earths "could very well be the sort of world where life could begin, and perhaps evolve into intelligent beings... But you’ve got to ask yourself — with all the twists and turns of evolutionary history on any planet, how likely is it that a planet 16 light-years away would eventually produce beings that look nearly identical to us, except for ears that would challenge any barber?"

The exoplanet was discovered using the Dharma Endowment Foundation Telescope, a 50-inch telescope atop Mount Lemmon in southern Arizona. But rather than observing the exoplanet directly, the astronomers inferred its presence based on the subtle movements of its host star in response to the exoplanet's moving gravitational field.


"This reflex motion is much smaller because the star has so much more mass than the planet, but with ultra-stable instrumentation, it can be detected," said Matthew Muterspaugh, a Tennessee State University astronomer and a co-author of the paper.

But you don't need a telescope to see HD 26965.

"This star can be seen with the naked eye, unlike the host stars of most of the known planets discovered to date," Bo Ma, a University of Florida postdoctoral student and the paper's first author, said in a statement. "Now anyone can see 40 Eridani on a clear night and be proud to point to Spock's home."
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They evacuated a community because a janitor was misusing the internet. There you go. And to think some people were saying that it was some kind of cover-up.
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They evacuated a community because a janitor was misusing the internet. There you go. And to think some people were saying that it was some kind of cover-up.
Yeah that's it. Misuse the Internet so shut the whole place down for the heinous crime. Golly.
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They evacuated a community because a janitor was misusing the internet. There you go. And to think some people were saying that it was some kind of cover-up.
IKR? It's like people have nothing better to do than think up conspiracy stories!
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