National solar obseratory

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  1. WC5P

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    Sunspot, NM is at 9200 feet and has a clear view to the west. On a clear day (Almost every day out there is a clear day) I'm sure at least the southern portion of White Sands would be visible. In fact, according to Wiki, there is actually a "White Sands overlook" accessible to the public. Seems like it would be a perfect site to have some cameras or some gain antennas pointed towards White Sands or Holloman AFB. Holloman, FYI is a training site for several models of military drones, which might be of interest to Boris and Natasha.,_New_Mexico
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  2. KL7KN

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    That shipping container in the photo has remediation equipment. A dru cleaner (Peacock Cleaners, here in Anchorage) dumped 'spent dry cleaning fluid' on the ground for years. The Muni mounded up a hill of dirt to contain the fumes while remediation is in process. Remediation been ongoing for the last 12 years....

    Why does this matter?
    If there had been a mercury spill at the SO, the place would be swarming with EPA types.
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  3. KK5JY

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    I just did a fresh search on YT for "solar observatory closed." I get more + longer + more recent videos for that one search than I get for any of "syria," "turkey," "russia," or "idlib."

    Whatever is going on in NM, it has generated a lot of interest.
  4. K3KIC

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    Yes. The post office is there to serve the small community of workers. There is on site housing for staff. So it's unlikely it has anything to do with the reason for closing. But makes for a better story.
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  5. K3KIC

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    It's the FBI. Sooner or later it will leak.
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  6. KK5JY

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    Excellent point. :D
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  7. KK5JY

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    One YTer decided to walk by the yellow tape at the gate, and look around the site. He found it completely abandoned, with vehicles left in place, and buildings apparently cleaned out.

    One thing he did find by looking through a window was a DVD in the trash from the X-files:


    So apparently whoever cleaned out the place during the evacuation decided to have a little fun with the "tourists" who might show up later.
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  8. WZ7U

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    C'mon man, did you get hit with a neurolizer?
  9. W3WN

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    OK, here’s a theory for you...

    As several have pointed out, the observatory is in visible sight of White Sands.

    Suppose someone, either a staff member or a visitor, was playing tourist and decided to take some pictures of White Sands... and were observed. While, unbeknownst to them, something was going on.

    Is it out of the realms of possibility that someone in Security for whatever was going on reported this, and someone decided to “take no chances” and shut everything down until they were certain that it was perfectly innocent?

    I’ve seen this type of behavior before. A few years back, when President Obama was coming to the Convention Center to give a speech or something, a co-worker went to the deck on our root to watch the motorcade. Within 10 minutes, there were several people in black suits, allegedly Secret Service, in our lobby, along with two Pittsburgh Police officers, who proceeded to the roof to escort Fred down to the lobby for a “chat”

    Fred said later that they told him that while the motorcade was enroute, we were forbidden to be on the roof or use the front door, and the only reason he wasn’t arrested was... nobody told us. (Access to the building was through the back door the rest of the day). He was also told that he had not one, not two, but three snipers with rifles pointed at right at him, and had he made a move that even seemed threatening...

    Now maybe they were bluffing. Regardless, they gave him the full court press. Simply for wanting to watch a limo go by.

    So if this is a case of someone throwing their weight around, just because they could... I could believe it.
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  10. KP4SX

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    After Lee Harvey Oswald its good to see they are on their toes.
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