FBI Mysteriously Evacuates New Mexico National Solar Observatory
In the latest installment of bizarre and clandestine government activity, the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico was mysteriously shut down by federal agents last week due to a ‘security issue.’ The sudden closure took place last Thursday and included the evacuation of a number of surrounding homes and the local post office.
Sunspot is an unincorporated community named after its observatory, about 18 miles south of the village of Cloudcroft, boasting a meager population just shy of 700 people.
The observatory is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), whose spokesperson, Sheri Lofson, said she could not comment on the specifics of the facility’s closure.
“We have decided to temporarily vacate this facility as a precautionary measure. And we’re working with the proper authorities on this issue,” Lofson said.
According to local news agencies, the FBI abruptly closed the facility without citing specific reasoning. Otero County Sheriff Benny House said federal agents declined to give local authorities any information and acted secretively.
“The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on,” House said. “There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything.”
House said federal agents asked local authorities to aid in the evacuation, though they refused to provide further detail.
The Sheriff went on to speculate about the possibility of an employee threatening a colleague or some other internal issue, though none of it was substantiated. It also seems highly unlikely the FBI would become so mysteriously involved, closing off the surrounding area like the scene from a sci-fi thriller over an internal conflict.
Conjecture among the online conspiracy community points out that NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory is temporarily shutting down its main page while it updates its infrastructure over the next several weeks and is redirecting traffic to an alternative page. Some believe this could be evidence of a coverup of potentially dangerous solar activity, such as a massive solar flare or coronal mass ejection.
Ostensibly, there have been no other instances of solar observatories locked down in the U.S. or abroad, though not every observatory has the same capabilities or is studying the same thing. This begs the question: what makes the Sunspot National Observatory unique, and what could it have found that others might not have?
One reddit user pointed out that a chart of global geomagnetic k-indices – a measure of disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field – recently published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Administration showed spikes in activity across the world.
Meanwhile, others have speculated that the observatory had been tapped into by a foreign entity and was being used for espionage or data theft. Still, nothing has been substantiated.
New Mexico has long been known as a geologically anomalous area with hotspots for bizarre occurrences and clandestine military activity. The community of Sunspot is about a two-hour drive from the famous UFO crash site at Roswell and 45 minutes to Holloman AFB, home of the infamous White Sands Missile Range.
Mainstream media has been largely silent on the issue, though it is rumored that a larger press conference may take place later this week. We’ll update this page as more information becomes available.
Sept. 12 – 9:20 am – correction: the article initially stated that NASA’s SOHO site was temporarily shutting down access to solar data when it was redirecting traffic to an alternative source found here.
Sept. 20 – 9:30 am – update: The observatory has reopened and an official explanation has been given. Although this explanation doesn’t seems like it would elicit such a response from the FBI. Could it be a coverup for something larger?
Watch this episode of Deep Space in which we look at some of the strange rumored events at New Mexico’s Dulce Air Force Base: