Sunspot Has Re-Opened

The strange recent shutdown of Sunspot Solar Observatory is over. I was told by someone purportedly from their visitor center by phone, an hour or so ago, that they are open for visits again.

AURA, the agency that owns the place, wrote that it the mysterious shutdown was neither because of aliens nor the need to hide important military secrets, but rather just a way of capturing a dangerous criminal.

Here is the press release from AURA, which runs the observatory.  I extract a few paragraphs:

“The facility closed down in an orderly fashion [one September 6] and is now [Sept 17] re-opening. The residents that vacated their homes will be returning to the site, and all employees will return to work this week. 

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 decision to vacate was based on the logistical challenges associated with protecting personnel at such a remote location, and the need for expeditious response to the potential threat. 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. 

In light of recent developments in the investigation, we have determined there is no risk to staff, and Sunspot Solar Observatory is transitioning back to regular operations as of September 17th. 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. 

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.

(I’m quite sure it wasn’t aliens, but I am a little dubious about the dangerous fugitive explanation. After all, if you were running such an investigation, wouldn’t you WANT to have the public alerted as to what the suspect(s) supposedly looked like?)

What do you think?

And here are a few other links for the paranoid and/or the curious:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-solar-observatory-in-new-mexico-is-evacuated-for-a-week-and-the-fbi-is-investigating-no-one-will-say-why/2018/09/14/ea006a96-b78b-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html

This next one has been updated to indicate that the place re-opened yesterday.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/remote-solar-observatory-remains-closed-after-mysterious-evacuation

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Clearly the ‘dangerous criminal” gambit is a ruse to allow the Federal Gov’t time to make sure that they have found and removed any evidence of the crashed alien spaceship.

    Proper UFO investigators will be arriving soon and we then will hear the real story of this massive cover-up.

    (Poe does live)

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