Mercury may have shut down the National Solar Observatory. Not the planet, but the metallic liquid, as What’s Up With That has reported. This security closure has sparked an alien frenzy in some circles and even talk of a dirty bomb as the local police seem to know nothing about what is going on.
The details are unclear, but it is known the FBI shut the facility down and that a vat of mercury is used “as a float bearing for the giant solar telescope.” Also, an internal “NSO/NMSU document” says that the bearing is “high risk” when maintenance time rolls around, so if there was a spill of some kind, that would explain why the feds show up. Therefore, a lot of people are asking questions today.
“Tens of gallons” of mercury are at this location and it could be used to create a dirty bomb if a terrorist were to get their hands on it.
On top of that, the observatory’s “management [is] shifting to New Mexico State University” and they’ve released a whole statement regarding it (posted below). Transitioning could be a problem with such sensitive equipment and this would also cause a shutdown. All of these things are factors and yet some people are wondering if there is even more to this story.
That is because the observatory has but one mission: to study the sun (full mission statement also below). Therefore, when the F.B.I. closes such a place for “security reasons” and doesn’t say much else, some people may be apt to read more into it than just technical issues. Since many people also have reason to distrust certain authorities and their honesty, this also plays a role, to be sure.
It should be remembered that the N.S.O. website had nothing of the closing posted on the page, not even in their news feed (though this may have changed by publication). Even “local authorities” had/have no idea what is happening, a fact which may seem to make things even murkier to certain people.
It should come as no shock that alien hunters are some of those folks. With a “research facility” in Sunspot being evacuated last Thursday as well as a United States Post Office being closed for similar “security reasons,” there is some reason to ponder a few things.
A spokeswoman, Shari Lifson, for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) said only “It was our decision to evacuate the facility.” That doesn’t really give very much information and that lack of insight may cause minds to wonder about everything from terrorism to the discovery of little green men.
Furthermore, a statement from the Otero County Sheriff, Benny House, said to the Alamogordo Daily News, “The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on. We’ve got people up there (at Sunspot) 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.”
RT News has also confirmed that “a Blackhawk helicopter at the site and work crews on towers and around antennas.” Also, KVIA News had quoted House as saying, “They spoke with my sergeant initially and they said that they would be down for a few days so that could be anywhere from a few days to months, from my past experience.”
If his “past experience” is telling him something, then clearly, something like this has taken place before. So, jumping to conclusions about an alien coverup may a bit premature, but obviously, something that involves tight lips is taking place a the location. It just remains to be seen how or when the general population will get to find out just what it is.
Statement from New Mexico State University:
“As part of the restructuring connected to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKI), the National Solar Observatory (NSO) will leave the Sunspot site in October 2017. However NSF, NSO, and the larger solar physics community in USA see extended scientific, educational, instrumentation and public outreach advantages in maintaining, simplifying, and upgrading, certain aspects of the telescope and the site of Sunspot. As such, the New Mexico State University (NMSU) are leading a national effort to form and lead a Sunspot Solar Observatory Consortium (SSOC) to maintain the operations of the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) and Sunspot site for a minimum 5 year span beyond Oct 2017.”
“The mission of the National Solar Observatory is to advance knowledge of the Sun, both as an astronomical object and as the dominant external influence on Earth, by providing forefront observational opportunities to the research community. The mission includes the operation of cutting edge facilities, the continued development of advanced instrumentation both in-house and through partnerships, conducting solar research, and educational and public outreach.”