Since last Thursday, FBI officials have closed the Sunspot Solar Observatory in a hurry after they received the order to investigate an undisclosed “security issue.”
With so much mystery around the sudden shutdown, many conspiracy theories started to appear. However, the local sheriff and scientists that work at the Observatory spoke out.
Government officials didn’t want to elaborate on the unexpected closure, and so the silence sparked a lot of theories – a possible alien sighting, a mercury leak or something weird happening with the sun.
What was more unsettling was that the FBI also evacuated a local post office and a dozen residents too.
“A lot of stuff going on up there”
According to local county sheriff Benny House, the area was circled by Blackhawk helicopters and the military using antennas. He added:
“The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on. 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.”
One detail provided by the scientists and the team that operates the observatories was that there was no extraterrestrial encounter. The director of the observatory, James McAteer, didn’t say what was with the evacuation:
“The telescope did not see aliens. All data will be made public in its unaltered form. Nothing is hidden or kept secret.”
He also added that, as the government officials were leaving, they “locked all the doors.”
Fellow sheriff Jon Emery explains that:
“We don’t know what they took, what their reason for being there was. We have no information on it.”
The FBI did not comment on the investigation yet.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.