From the X Files: “FBI Still Silent”–Alien Conspiracy Theories Deepen Around National Solar Observatory, Recall 2012 Event


The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico that caught the attention of the world when it was shut down on September 6 citing a “security issue” by FBI agents who reportedly swooped on the facility after arriving in Blackhawk helicopters, has asked for “patience” as it continues to be locked down. Members of the FBI, the Albuquerque Journal reported, were on the scene.

The lockdown has fueled theories such as proof of extraterrestrials, UFO sighting, and baseless speculation that the observatory had spotted Earth-threatening solar flares. The fact the observatory is only about 120 miles from the site of the Roswell UFO incident has only added to the speculation.

In the days since, the sheriff’s department has said it has no idea what is going on. And the lockdown continues with no new information.

“The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on. We’ve got people up there [at Sunspot] that requested us to stand by while they evacuate,” local sheriff Benny House told the Journal. “The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.” “We have absolutely no idea what is going on,” says Alisdair Davey, a data center scientist at the National Solar Observatory. “As in truly nothing, which in itself is just weird.” Messages left with the FBI field office in Albuquerque were not returned.

Fueling the alien conspiracy theories might be memories is a past event that occurred in March 2012, where telescope images of the sun showed what appears to be a planet-size shadowy object tethered to the sun by a dark filament. In the NASA image sequence, a burst of brightly lit material can be seen erupting from the sun’s surface surrounding the dark object, after which the orb detaches from the sun and shoots out into space.

The footage, a composite of images captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and processed by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, went viral on YouTube, where viewers are suggesting it shows a UFO spacecraft refueling by sucking up solar plasma, or at the very least, the birth of a new planet.



NASA scientists responded that the feature the lower left edge of the sun in the image above is actually a little-understood, but frequently observed, type of solar activity called a “prominence” –a feature containing cooler, denser plasma than the surrounding 3.5-million-degree Fahrenheit corona, said Joseph Gurman, project scientist in the Solar Physics Laboratory at NASA Goddard. Scientists are baffled how prominences develop, but these dense plasma loops can extend from the sun’s surface thousands of miles into space.



The National Solar Observatory, which manages the facility (above), gave an update on Facebook that was shared on the observatory’s own page. “AURA – our management organization – is addressing a security issue at Sunspot Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure,” the NSO said.

That post was responded to with a flurry of comments from followers who asked why the NSO was continuing to keep the facts secret. . Another message on the observatory’s website references the intense interest in the closure and says that administrators are working hard to open the facility again.

Unfortunately for conspiracy theorists, these speculations appear to be just that, speculation. Other observatories would surely have noticed a visit from E.T. Apache Point Observatory is still in operation just over a mile away, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

The Daily Galaxy via National Solar Observatory and New Mexico news sources

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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