While this may not be the first time that New Mexico has been the site of high strangeness, the latest out of The Land of Enchantment has plenty of Americans scratching their heads.
Perhaps one of the most famous military incidents to ever occur on American soil, the debacle surrounding a 1947 weather balloon landing in Roswell, New Mexico sparked a modern pandemic of flying saucer sightings first in America, and then around the world. Nowadays, with cameras pointed almost literally everywhere, and a vast worldwide network on which to share these images, the blurry, shaky photos and videos of these supposed spacecraft seem to pop into the news on a daily basis.
Now, not more than a few hours drive from Roswell, the tiny town of Sunspot, New Mexico is the scene of something truly bizarre, after the FBI suddenly evacuated residents, the town post office, and the solar research observatory late last week.
Local law enforcement was furious, complaining to the press that the FBI was refusing to share any information about the supposed “security issue”.
Now, a week later, a series of statements from the location’s director only intensify the mystery.
“Last Thursday, we got a phone call in the morning from AURA who told us to say that they were temporarily evacuating the site and asked us to evacuate our people,” Sunspot Solar Observatory Director R.T. James McAteer said. “So, I called our people up and asked them to leave in a very sensible and calm manner and locked everything up. We’ve been out of there since Thursday morning.”
The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope, that McAteer and his team operate, rotates on a mercury float bearing at the top of the tower.
The mercury was not the reason for the closure, McAteer said.
“There’s no mercury incident. That’s a completely different set of protocols that would not have involved them locking all the doors,” McAteer said. “We have a very regular maintenance routine. There is no cause for concern there.”
McAteer’s addition of the word “there” to the end of that sentence has more than a few Americans wondering where, then, is the cause for concern”.
Theories about the shutdown range from extraterrestrial invasion, to Russian satellites, and from Chinese Hackers to secret government aircraft crashes.
To add to the mystery, a number of trespassing citizens have visited the site with video cameras rolling, documenting that the place is indeed a ghost town.
One theory, that this is nothing more than a strange hoax being perpetrated by users of 4chan or 8chan, even developed after another visitor to the site filmed what appeared to be a purposeful prop in one of the observatory’s trash cans:
This story is far too bizarre to ignore, so you can bet that there will be an update as soon as more information is available.