"[Aura] is addressing a security issue at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) facility at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has made a decision to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure until further notice", it said in a message on its website. The facility released a statement a week later but the situation and the cryptic messages shared via social media have given rise to a number of conspiracy theories about what exactly went down there. The observatory is about 85 miles southwest of Roswell, New Mexico, where a mysterious object crashed in 1947, launching decades of speculation about the wreckage. In an interview with local news, Sgt. Jon Emery of the Otero County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the FBI was investigating the security issue, but that they had "not contacted us". And the lockdown continues with no new information.
"We were told we had a credible threat through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to leave", evacuee Sean Williams told the station. "We've got people up there [at Sunspot] that requested us to stand by while they evacuate", local sheriff Benny House told the Journal. "The FBI were up there. What their objective was nobody will say".
"I can tell you it definitely wasn't aliens", a spokeswoman for the National Solar Observatory, part of the Sunspot Solar Observatory consortium, told The Washington Post. "As in truly nothing, which in itself is just weird". Sunspots are regions of reduced temperatures on the sun that appear as dark spots on the surface.
Incredible drone footage has captured the first aerial look at the solar observatory at the centre of alien conspiracy theories.
Ruth Davidson: PM job would risk my mental health
A year later she was diagnosed with clinical depression but the medication gave her "desperate, dark, bad dreams". But the 39-year-old today told The Sunday Times : 'You have to want it and I don't want to be prime minister.
North Carolina TV station evacuates due to rising waters
The city of 29,000 that's near the North Carolina coast is surrounded by two rivers on the east and south. "We all know that". Hours before the storm made landfall September 14, workers at New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio.
NASA scientists responded that the feature the lower left edge of the sun in the image above is actually a little-understood, but frequently observed, type of solar activity called a "prominence" -a feature containing cooler, denser plasma than the surrounding 3.5-million-degree Fahrenheit corona, said Joseph Gurman, project scientist in the Solar Physics Laboratory at NASA Goddard.
The facility focuses on solar research, and its solar telescope is one of the best ground-based solar observatories in the world.
"AURA is addressing a security issue at the National Solar Observatory facility at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has chose to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure until further notice", read the statement. "Nothing is hidden or kept secret".
It is still unclear what led to the evacuation and closure of the facility, which is typically open to the public.
A swimming pool painting by David Hockney could become the most valuable work of art by a living artist sold at auction. The upcoming sale, Rotter said, "will definitely be a record for David Hockney at auction".
He added said the threat to living standards, the economy and jobs was too great for voters not to have a say. May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum following the vote two years ago to leave the EU.
Hunt explained that the BPS plastic is more stable, "but it induced similar effects on the process of making eggs and sperm". The study concludes that these "findings add to growing evidence of the biological risks posed by this class of chemicals".
This is not normal what we're seeing, it is radical. "Because what's at stake goes beyond partisan politics", said Obama. Obama should help spur turnout, especially among black voters whose participation fell off in 2016, Beck said.
The virus quickly spread across Eastern Europe, where food safety authorities have struggled to contain the disease. Last month, Romania saw its worst outbreak since World War II , and had to cull over 120,000 pigs.
Another attorney for the Jean family, Darryl Washington, said "there is no question this officer should have been terminated". In cases where a person can not voluntarily give consent for a search, investigators routinely obtain search warrants.
Fulham on the other hand, remain in unsafe territory, just a few points separating them and the basement dwellers. And it's fair to say that the result is emphatic in favour of the great Barcelona side of 2011.
But given the following Apple has enjoyed throughout the years, it won't be surprising if its fans won't mind to pay the price. The rear camera? Yes, it seems that the dual-lens camera at the back is somehow linked to the Face ID functionality.
We're hoping Town lives up to Game Freak's pedigree, and are looking forward to learning more about the game in the future. And now it's stretching its creative muscles again with an all-new role-playing adventure for Nintendo Switch!
Injuries: Roethlisberger expected to play vs. KC
Cornerback Joe Haden (hamstring) and guard David DeCastro (hand), who were both doubtful, will not play for Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger returned to the practice field on Friday and was listed as a full participant.
Canelo eyes trilogy with Golovkin
It's possible it was even closer than that, a testament to how evenly matched and well-prepared the two fighters were. Khan was impressed by the quality of the fight and lauded Canelo for his gameplan. "I think we controlled the fight".
Drink to old times
Microscopic traces of ancient starches extracted from the Raqefet Cave (left) are compared to starches replicated in the lab. The efforts put into producing the alcoholic beverage showed the importance of the drink in the Natufian culture, he noted.
Hundreds rescued as Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas
Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, that would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.
A.M. Update: Prolonged rain will bring floods
Cooper said floodwaters were continuing to rise, and he urged evacuees to "stay put" until they received "the official all-clear". Hundreds of thousands of homes across North and SC are without power and tens of thousands of people are in emergency shelters.
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge reacts after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin . Amos Kipruto of Kenya was second in 2:06:23 with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang , the former world record holder, third in 2:06:48.
Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak
Informal housing areas without running water have mushroomed and basic infrastructure has collapsed after years of neglect. Patients infected with cholera receive treatment in a polyclinic in Harare , Zimbabwe , on September 14, 2018.
F1 releases first images of 2021 vehicle
A first glimpse of the next generation of Formula One auto has been presented by the sport's technical boss Ross Brawn . Next year is an important barometer to see how much impact it has on the ability for the cars to follow".
Sergio Ramos: The draw is not a good thing
Earlier, Barcelona came from behind to maintain their ideal start to the season, defeating Real Sociedad 2-1. That gamble appeared to have backfired when Elustondo smashed home following a knockdown from a corner.