This Observatory In New Mexico Was Suddenly Shut Down For 11 Days… Here’s Why

The Land of Enchantment is home to some of the nation’s creepiest incidents. From Roswell to paranormal sightings in ghost towns throughout the state, it’s no wonder that New Mexicans are quick to wonder if mysterious events are connected to something extraterrestrial. In 2018, an observatory in New Mexico that is home to one of the world’s largest solar telescopes was suddenly shut down and evacuated with no explanation. It was closed for 11 days for what was then called “a security issue;” and its closure drew speculation that authorities were investigating the presence of UFOs. Was this a simple matter, or an otherworldly mysterious event? Let’s take a look…

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Here in New Mexico, it’s hard to avoid jumping to extraterrestrial conclusions, since our state is home to one of the most controversial incidents in American history. If you didn’t know, the Roswell incident occurred sometime around Independence Day in 1947, when strange materials were found in a ranchers field. After sticks of metal, various scraps, and later, a saucer were found, the U.S. Air Force became involved, and even started doing “dummy drops” in Roswell, said to test the falls of pilots in 1950. Many skeptics believed that these “tests” were really a cover up from the UFO droppings, and now many locals are connecting this mysterious closing with the likes of Roswell.

What do you think has happened at Sunspot — really? Do you believe that there’s something more to this than meets the eye? Did you know the story behind this abandoned (and now open) observatory in New Mexico? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments.

If you’re looking to embrace the conspiracy theorist in you and the culture of Roswell in a lighthearted manner, you must visit their annual UFO festival.

Address: Sunspot Solar Observatory, 3001 Visitor Center Rd Drive, Sunspot, NM 88349, USA
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November 19, 2021

Is Sunspot Solar Observatory open now?

Yes — after the 11-day closure that happened in 2018, Sunspot Solar Observatory has since reopened — which is great, because it’s such a unique place in New Mexico. Located in the heart of the scenic Lincoln National Forest, Sunspot Solar Observatory has been a premier facility for solar research since its establishment in 1947. The Dunn Solar Telescope was built in 1969, and remains to date one of the best ground-based solar observatories in the world.

What are some other weird and creepy things that have happened in New Mexico?

Well, the observatory featured in the above article is actually located in a hotbed of paranormal activity in New Mexico. Sunspot Solar Observatory is located about 85 miles southwest of Roswell, New Mexico, where flying objects were spotted in 1947, sparking theories they could have been aliens or UFOs. The U.S. Air Force said the objects were high-altitude weather balloons. This is by far the most infamous paranormal event in New Mexico, solidifying the state’s reputation as a place for both the weird and bizarre!

Are there many abandoned places in New Mexico?

As a Western state, New Mexico is full of ghost towns and abandoned places. Monticello, New Mexico might not quite be a ghost town, but it’s sure to have you believing in ghosts. This town outside of Truth or Consequences was once a bustling, happy place which much farming and ranching. Though the area still produces many crops, the town is unincorporated and is said to be one of the most haunted towns in our state. Some say this town is safe to drive through, but only the brave will go at night or alone. This historic town is not for the faint of heart. Don’t say we didn’t warn you

Address: Sunspot Solar Observatory, 3001 Visitor Center Rd Drive, Sunspot, NM 88349, USA