New Theories Offered for Solar Observatory Closure

Some intriguing and somewhat unsettling new theories have been suggested  for why the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico was suddenly  evacuated and closed last week. Conspiracy theorists and curious local  residents have been buzzing about the bizarre incident for the last few days as details surrounding why, exactly, the facility  was shuttered remain scant at best. And, as word spread online about  the mysterious closure, some prosaic, albeit unnerving, possibilities  have been put forward to explain what may be happening in the town of  Sunspot.

Perhaps the most promising suggestion comes from the website The Drive,  which notes that the National Solar Observatory "enjoys a wide and  largely unobstructed view of both the U.S. Air Force's Holloman Air  Force Base and the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range." As such, they  posit that perhaps the situation at the site involves espionage in the  form of some kind of technology surreptitiously installed on one of the  antennas as the observatory and aimed at those sensitive installations  which sit in an adjacent valley. This, they say, would explain why the  local sheriff saw FBI agents examining high altitude areas of the  facility.

Meanwhile, another opinion which may have merit is that the closure could be related to a large  vat of liquid mercury which sits below a massive solar telescope at the  site and is used in the operation of the device. Reasons why the  considerable amount of liquid metal could have caught the attention of  authorities is that there might have been some kind of spill of the  material or even an attempt to harness it as a weapon. However, since  the sheriff did not report seeing anyone wearing protective gear, it  would seem to suggest that an ongoing environmental hazard is not  involved in the issue.

For their part, the evacuated staff from the observatory have done their  best to dispel some of the more outlandish rumors surrounding the  site's closure. Find more on this still-unfolding story at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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