The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico.


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by Jimmy Church


September 12, 2018


The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico was evacuated and closed down by the FBI last Thursday, September 6th, 2018 along with the local USPS office due to unexpained 'security reasons'.


The entire facility has been surrounded by police tape and techs working at the observatory were contacted who said: "It was a security risk area, and we were told to leave and don't come back until we were told to."


A statement was made by the Otero County Sheriff:

“The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on. We’ve got people up there (the observatory) that requested us to standby while they evacuate it. Nobody would really elaborate on any of the circumstances as to why. The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.”


The OCS also said there are Blackhawk helicopters at the site, circling overhead and that crews were on towers and around antennas and added that the sheriff's office was not part of the investigation.


Rod Spurgeon, a spokesman with the USPS:

"Right now, what we're told is that they've temporarily evacuated the area. We haven't been told why... or when that expires."


These solar/space cams (webcams) were all taken offline at the same time as the National Solar Observatory evacuation:

AXIS 2320 Network Dome Camera in Sydney, Australia,  the SOAR Observatory in Chile, BRT Tenerife Telescope in Spain, the Mauna Kea observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope in Hawaii and the JAT Observatory in Fariless Hills, Pennsylvania.


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