National solar obseratory

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  1. W4NNF

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    But some supposed Space Force has nothing to do with this observatory, which has been open to academics (and the public) since forever.
  2. KK5JY

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    The Manhattan Project also came from civil academic work. Just because it's "science" today doesn't say anything about the military's interest tomorrow.

    And don't forget that the early US satellite program was publicly described as a 100% science project, being pursued for its benefits during the international geophysical year. The truth was quite different, under the hood, and it was very much a military project with very pronounced implications for warfare. Sure, the "scientists" were allowed to participate and gather real geophysical data, but the top priorities were all military -- espionage, signals intelligence, remote sensing, reconnaissance, etc.

    And the Space Force isn't supposed -- they're doing it. Without more information, none of us know what happened up there, or what they saw happening elsewhere.
  3. W4ZD

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    Cool video. It led to this one, which I find even cooler. :)

  4. W0VRA

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    It is, and I have a solar filter for my 8" Dobsonian, and I can easily take pictures with it. Much like ham radio hobbyists, there are amateur astronomers with all levels of equipment, and if anything interesting happened there would be pictures all over their social media which would send all their astronomer buddies out to to take even more pictures, and so on.
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  5. KJ4PBW

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    Is it near Kirtland AFB? Was reading about nuclear accidents the other day, I recall something about a plane on approach lost a nuke and its conventional mechanisms detonated and scattered heavy metals, not all the chunks were actually found. maybe a radiation detection event was brought to someone's attention? Just guessing here.
  6. K7JEM

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    Not even close. Sunspot somewhat overlooks White Sands Missile Range. El Paso is almost line of site also.
  7. WF4W

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  9. KL7KN

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    Got the list from the Reddit - and I noted I would be following up. And I posted that had checked the NSO at Kitt peak and in HI.

    Still looking into the foreign SO with data steams.

    An 'oddball' data source, like Reddit, may just be that - oddball. But these sites can be useful as a starting point as they often aggregate data points/sources from outside of the 'UFO crazies' realm of influence.

    I found the reference to multiple SO sites going off-line at the same (approx) time to be unusual, and started looking into it. I also noted the 'official' management folks have ruled out a spill at the site as the reason for closure.

    I can see you don't share my curiosity on this reported multiple site shutdown and my followup. That's all good. Please, just put me on Ignore and you won't have any problems with my posts going forward....

    have fun.
  10. KL7KN

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    Looking for an older gentleman who is a chain smoker, no doubt. I enjoyed the show and the spin off.
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