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Why is Sunspot Solar Observatory closed?

14 Sep 2018, 13:00 UTC
Why is Sunspot Solar Observatory closed?
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Stop sign and yellow crime scene tape at the entrance to the Sunspot Solar Observatory. Image via Dylan Taylor-Lehman/Daily News.
Everyone loves a good mystery, and there is a very curious one happening in New Mexico right now. On Thursday, September 6, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, as well as a nearby United States Postal Service Office (USPS), was suddenly closed down and evacuated. This was reported to be for “security reasons,” but no details were provided, and still haven’t been at the time of this writing. Sunspot is located on Sacramento Peak – Lincoln National Forest specifically, in Otero County.
On KVIA, Shari Lifson, spokeswoman for Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) stated:
We have decided to temporarily vacate this facility as a precautionary measure. And we’re working with the proper authorities on this issue.
She also added, for Alamogordo Daily News:
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy who manages the facility is addressing a security issue at this time. We have decided to vacate the facility at this time as precautionary measure. It was our decision to evacuate the facility.
The Dunn Solar Telescope at the Sunspot Solar Observatory. Image via ...

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