The mysterious and sudden closure of the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico a few days back without any explanation is sending alien hunters into a frenzy. The research institute in Sunspot was evacuated last Thursday along with a nearby United States Postal Service office for unexplained security reasons.
A spokesperson for Aura (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy) which manages the observatory Shari Lifson said the evacuation was a precautionary measure due to a security issue. “It was our decision to evacuate the facility”.
“The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on,” “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 was up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.” 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,”a statement made by the Otero County Sheriff, Benny House, to local News in the aftermath of the announcement has contributed to intense speculation around the incident.
Many social media users wonder if aliens could be behind the ‘cloak-and-dagger’ operation. Sunspot is located in the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County about 15 miles south of the village Cloudcroft. There is currently a working telescope at the observatory, where New Mexico State University also conducts research.