National Security issues at a non-federal, university-run solar observatory?

I used to know an astonomer who worked at the Suspot Solar Observatory, so when I heard about this, it piqued my curiosity.

The Sunspot Observatory is temporarily closed due to a security issue at the facility that’s located 17 miles south of Cloudcroft in the Sacramento Mountains Friday, an Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) spokeswoman Shari Lifson said.

But when I started looking into it more…

Whoa. WTF?

The FBI showed up and closed the observatory. They ran out all the employees. Then they did the same to the local post office. No one but the feds know why, and they aren’t talking.

The feds aren’t even talking to the sheriff. Local LE isn’t even involved in keeping rubberneckers away.

They brought in a Blackhawk, according to the sheriff. And he said he saw men around antennas and climbing towers.

They shut it down around September 6, and it’s still down. A solar observatory?

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