On Sept. 6، the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico has been suddenly and inexplicably shut down and evacuated by the authorities، as the Technical Times said.
No explanation has been shared to the public thus far، but several sources claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations is involved in the issue. By Friday، Sept. 14، the facility managed by a consortium of universities has remained closed to visitors.
"The FBI is refusing to tell us what's going on،" said local sheriff Benny House. "There was a Blackhawk helicopter، a bunch of people around antennas، and work crews on towers، but nobody would tell us anything."
The observatory's management، meanwhile، claims that they ordered the immediate evacuation.
"Sunspot apologizes for the continued closure of the facilities،" reads a statement on the Facebook page of the Observatory. "The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is addressing a security issue at the National Solar Observatory facility at Sacramento Peak، New Mexico and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure."
In its recent report، The Washington Post shared that guards have stationed at the mostly deserted site، but no one has any idea what is going on either. They were instructed to only allow two people — the observatory's director and an assistant — to pass through the gate.