FBI mysteriously shuts down US space observatory fueling speculation of 'alien conspiracy'
When the 'Oumuamua was spotted, it had already passed its closest point to the Sun and was heading back into interstellar space, researchers said. Photograph: (Others)
A sudden, rather mysterious, shutdown of a solar observatory facility by the FBI in the United States raked curiosity of many.
While some speculated alien theory, others contemplated if the observatory spotted something which it shouldn't have, and therefore the shutdown.
Amid speculations gaining ground, the National Solar Observatory -- which manages the facility -- on its social media handle, cited "security issue" behind the shutdown, a reason which doesn't seem to go well with the masses, who demand more clarity on the incident.
"Thank you all for your patience while the closure at Sunspot Observatory is resolved. Our other facilities remain open and NSO is operating as normal. AURA - our management organization - is addressing a security issue at Sunspot Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure," NSO Facebook post read.
"Any chance you all can say this has nothing to do with anything observed in space? Conspiracy. Twitter is in overdrive," a user commented on NSO's Facebook post.
"Does "security issue" include the fact Sunspot overlooks the White Sands Missile Range, including some of its highly classified installations?" another user reasoned.
The Sunspot Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico and two nearby post offices were evacuated by the FBI.
According to reports, even the local sheriff's department had little idea of the happenings and stated that black hawk helicopters were spotted with FBI agents who came and got the facility evacuated.