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Saoirse go Deo
14-09-2018, 08:53 PM
It's been more than a week, and a National Solar Observatory (NSO) facility in New Mexico is still closed for an undisclosed "security issue."


The NSO's Sunspot Solar Observatory, on Sacramento Peak in the southern part of the state, was evacuated last Thursday (Sept. 6), as was a nearby post office, according to the Albuquerque Journal. FBI agents have reportedly been investigating the site, and they're apparently keeping local law-enforcement personnel in the dark.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which manages the Sunspot observatory with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, hasn't said much, either. The organization released a statement saying that AURA "is addressing a security issue" at Sunspot "and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure until further notice." AURA "is working with the proper authorities on this issue," the statement adds, without specifying who those authorities are.

And we may not get answers anytime soon. At 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) today (Sept. 14), AURA Corporate Communications Coordinator Shari Lifson sent out an email update, which stated that AURA "has decided that the observatory will remain closed until further notice due to an ongoing security concern."
https://www.google.ie/amp/s/amp.space.com/41834-national-solar-observatory-facility-closed-security-issue.html

All very odd. Local law enforcement being kept in the dark, and locals evacuated too.

Count Bobulescu
14-09-2018, 09:34 PM
Hadn't heard about that. It's not gotten much/any coverage on National news.
Did a search. The science mags have picked up on it.

Saoirse go Deo
14-09-2018, 09:43 PM
Hadn't heard about that. It's not gotten much/any coverage on National news.
Did a search. The science mags have picked up on it.

It's quite strange, what sort of 'security issue' could this be?

Aliens?

Seriously though it must be something significant, the minimal communication invites speculation.

Count Bobulescu
14-09-2018, 09:49 PM
The length of the closure and lack of info is stranger than the closure itself.

Count Bobulescu
14-09-2018, 09:51 PM
The facility is in a remote mountainous forest area. Maybe employees were growing weed?

Count Bobulescu
18-09-2018, 07:04 PM
It's reopening.......... and my weed theory has not been ruled out....
https://www.space.com/41852-sunspot-solar-observatory-opening-after-criminal-investigation.html

C. Flower
19-09-2018, 12:28 PM
Stoned ?

Gerd Muller
19-09-2018, 01:02 PM
Looney on the loose, wonder what his p.ish username is?


https://www.space.com/41852-sunspot-solar-observatory-opening-after-criminal-investigation.html

"AURA has been cooperating with an ongoing law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak," AURA representatives wrote in a statement Sunday (Sept. 16). "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."

Count Bobulescu
19-09-2018, 04:17 PM
Stoned ?

Or using isolated federally owned land to grow...... While many states now permit weed the Fed's are still agin it.

Maybe a missing employee under suspicion of a violent crime. The Feds own a lot of land in the western states. Facilities such as this often come with a lot of land attached. That might explain the closing of the Post Office, unless the P.O. was being used to mail weed......

Count Bobulescu
20-09-2018, 03:16 AM
New Mexico Sheriff Still Very Pissed About the Solar Observatory Mystery (https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j54mvx/new-mexico-sheriff-still-very-pissed-about-the-solar-observatory-mystery-vgtrn&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBCoUMTU3Mzc4NzEwODkwMTk0MDk1NTIyGmYxYWJjNzF lMDg4NGFmOWE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEvnv19g1pONguZ_yvoSb3JYHcLZA)
VICE
On September 6, a small solar observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, essentially turned into the set of an X-Files episode after a horde of federal agents ...

Count Bobulescu
20-09-2018, 06:31 PM
Child porn......
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sunspot-solar-observatory-new-mexico-search-warrant-reveals-child-pornography-investigation-2018-09-19/

C. Flower
23-09-2018, 11:44 PM
Child porn......
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sunspot-solar-observatory-new-mexico-search-warrant-reveals-child-pornography-investigation-2018-09-19/


This sounds like a farrago of nonsense. Are you convinced ?

Gerd Muller
24-09-2018, 10:55 AM
This sounds like a farrago of nonsense. Are you convinced ?

Using and transmitting child porn is a heinous crime no doubt. But that said it surely wouldn’t necessitate a place been shut down for 11 days to investigate one instance? The janitor doesn’t sound like the sharpest bulb on the tree.

maggot
24-09-2018, 10:58 AM
Using and transmitting child porn is a heinous crime no doubt. But that said it surely wouldn’t necessitate a place been shut down for 11 days to investigate one instance? The janitor doesn’t sound like the sharpest bulb on the tree.

Has anybody blamed The Donald yet? Or Hillary?

Count Bobulescu
24-09-2018, 03:35 PM
This sounds like a farrago of nonsense. Are you convinced ?
Not entirely. As Gerd says it looks like overreaction......