During last Friday's members' vidchat I indulged in some semi-on-the-record high octane speculations about the shutdown solar observatory in Sunspot, NM. Why did I do that? Well, some of the connections I unearthed and some of the speculations I just thought were, honestly, so far out that that blogging about them publicly would only muddy the waters, and while regular readers here know that this is a site for high octane speculation, I just thought that a public airing of them would get too many people going off the deep end. Already there are stories out there that the shutdown had something to do with UFOs around the Sun and immanent alien invasions, &c. Well, when my nose was to the ground last Friday, trying to sniff out as much information as I could, I did find a UFO connection, but it's not at all anything so sensational, nor does it involve big motherships around the Sun vacuuming up plasma from its corona. The connection is simply that the observatory was named after solar astronomer Richard B. Dunn, and Dunn did a stint at Harvard studying with Dr. Donald Menzel. Menzel, for those unfamiliar with the UFO literature, was one of the 12 people mentioned in the MAJIC-12 documents as having been on the super-secret UFO think-tank/study group Majestic-12. According to the yeoman's research by Stanton Friedman, Menzel was deeply involved in government black projects, and therefore, in spite of his public facade of being a UFO skeptic, Menzel would have actually been a perfect choice.

That, as far as I can tell, is the only fully verified UFO connection to the observatory in Sunspot, NM.

One of the things I noted in the original story was that when the FBI arrived and shut down the observatory and evacuated it, that people were seen around antennas there. And this led me to speculate that there may have been a piggy-backed communications system there, i.e., someone using the observatory's communications for purposes entirely outside the astronomical, from espionage to private unsuspected links in a private or covert intelligence communications network. This, really, is my favored theory for the moment, and my friend and colleague Walter Bosley weighed in on the subject here:


In addition to this, Mr. V.T. and Mr. F.L. sent this video actually taken of the site, with not one FBI nor any local law enforcement - nor anyone else - in evidence on the site... just one lowly drone:


Then there's this report, that the observatory was evacuated for "safety" reasons, but when reading the article, neither "safety" nor "national security" are cited as reasons for the closure: http://themillenniumreport.com/2018/09/whats-going-on-national-solar-observatory-in-new-mexico-evacuated-for-safety-reasons/

Assuming, for the moment, that either national security or safety were involved, it is highly unlikely that the area would simply be left unguarded, with only a tape for a guard, allowing the man and his son in the video linked above to enter freely and roam around, much less for the video to remain on YouTube.

This article, however, does mention security reasons, and that the director of the observatory is as much in the dark about the actual detailed reasons for the closure as we: https://www.kvia.com/news/new-mexico/nmsu-director-at-sunspot-solar-observatory-also-in-the-dark-over-sudden-closure/794573075

A key aspect here that seemed to dovetail with my "piggy-backed communications" possibility is the statement:

"I picked up the phone, called our people, and asked them to lock up everything and leave quietly and sensibly," said Dr. James McAteer, who also teaches astronomy at NMSU. "It was extremely calm. They locked everything up and they left."

Last week, ABC-7 broke the news that the FBI evacuated the National Solar Observatory and the USPS office in Sunspot for "security reasons." New Mexico State has four employees at the observatory and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) has around five employees, McAteer said.

"They are telecommuting," McAteer said. "There is plenty of work for them." (Emphasis added)

Finally, supporting Mr. Bosley's hypothesis of espionage, this article, like Mr. Bosley's video, points out that White Sands is visible in line-of-sight from the observatory:

Mysterious Evacuation Of Solar Observatory Overlooking White Sands Smells Like Espionage

In his Facebook commentaries, Mr. Bosley pointed out something that, while it does not disprove the "Chinese espionage" story, certainly seems to mitigate it somewhat, namely that electronic surveillance of White Sands could be conducted from spy satellites, which the Chinese certainly have, thus rendering a line-of-sight espionage effort both risky and redundant.

So for the moment, I am entertaining the following high octane speculative possibilities:

1)  The whole thing is a psyop, designed to create a distraction: there is something to be said for this possibility, for if safety or national security were the reasons, it would seem to me to be extraordinarily odd that absolutely no attempt has apparently been made to secure the site. It is totally and completely vacated.

2) There is a national security issue, but it has nothing to do with UFOs nor with the actual work of the observatory itself, but as I suggested in last Friday's vidchat, everything to do with the communications links at the observatory, which may have been utilized by some group or some nation to piggy-back a private and covert communications system on to that of the observatory itself.  The fact that the local post office was also closed might have some relevance or bearing on this issue, especially if the latter was being used as an old-fashioned "dead drop" for humint (human intelligence) that may have been infiltrated into the observatory staff for the express purpose of maintaining such a system. In this respect, it is extremely intriguing to me that none of the people evacuated from the observatory nor the post office have been heard from since. As vehicles are seen inside the compound in the second video above, one may surmise that perhaps the blackhawk helicopters reportedly seen on the site may not only have been used to inject FBI personnel on the day of the closure, but to evacuate the personnel to... well, who knows, but the local White Sands base is conveniently close. The silence of the observatory and post office personnel suggests that they are being kept under wraps, and perhaps undergoing questioning and interrogation.

So for the moment, folks, we're left with many more questions than answers. This is one, I suspect, that we're never going to learn the full truth, but that details will come out in dribs and drabs, leaving us to piece together the dots as best as we can.

See you on the flip side...

(UPDATE: apparently the observatory is scheduled to reopen this week! I've since heard yet another story about the closing, which may or may not become public, but let me go on record as saying if it does, I suspect it is a cover story.)



Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Gaia Mars-hall on September 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    One thing interesting about this is that now the public is aware of such an elegant structure, with in many instances a blueprint showing its entire structure above and below ground, which interestingly has a sort of mirror image of each other….
    “As above, so below”……

    Also resonating with Mr. Farrell’s good work, is the fact that this is a pyramidal structure of sorts. It is a pyramid with an eye, an aperture, used for seeing, where I assume that the depth of the structure corresponds with an ability to see into something very deep….like the phenomena I have heard that a deep enough pit will obscure daytime to reveal the stars….

    • Roger Reynard on September 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

      I like the “piggyback communications” theory.

      One of the big hints in this story, is the fact that the story IS BEING REPORTED. If this story were about real UFO’s or aliens, we would have heard NOTHING. SOMEONE made the decision to spread this story nationwide.

      As “Q” likes to point out, different factions like to communicate using News stories. “Q” also recently posted, that Deep State mainframes and satellites had been decommissioned.

      My best guess: The Solar Observation shutdown, was a message to a faction of Deep State, that another communication link has been decommissioned.

  2. DanaThomas on September 18, 2018 at 2:20 am

    The facility has reopened according to the local website. “Now that we’re officially open you don’t have to sneak in”.

  3. Richard on September 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    . . . One can neither confirm or deny allegations of any suggestive activity at the National Solar Observatory located at Sunspot, New Mexico, . . . . . . however::

    Earthfiles – Linda Moulton Howe – Sunspot National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak New Mexico

    . . . There is talk of an investigation of criminal activity at the site and the subsequent silence purposeful so as NOT to alert suspect. . . The FBI personnel were probably out of Roswell as there is a Bureau detachment located there. . .

    . . . Considering the decades old Roswell incident, Aztec, and other military base involvements of high strangeness over the years, and other sightings and reports, there’s been a few lessons learned by government personnel in how to pursue investigations into anything remotely suggestive of you-know-what and where-from and remain low key while effectively collecting data, eye-witness accounts, tangible materials (finger prints, crime scene photos, and such). . . The details, . . . well, . . . are likely to be known down the road. . . Yeah, right! . . Sounds good though. . .

    . . . Since one does not know the flash-point of any “high-octane speculations” one will have to go silent again and be thought the fool for the sake of the ignare-en-masse of other cosmic interactions others insist on maintaining. . .

  4. augenguy on September 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    The only common communication medium that requires line of sight is microwave, which has an extremely low angle, high frequency waveform that can carry large amounts of information over vast distances without the need for repeaters, as long as one maintains line-of-sight.

    Microwave transmitters are small and light and can be run off of a car battery or similar power source, all of which can be carried by one person. Microwaves can also be bounced off of shiny, smooth surfaces, a technique often used by remote news trucks in cities bouncing signals off of glass-skinned buildings. The beams are difficult to detect unless you are directly in their path, making for ideal covert signalling with either terrestrial targets, or orbiting geostationary ones.

    What is interesting to me is that this event occurs fairly close in time to the claim by the entity Q that it had disabled US/UK intelligence/espionage assets both terrestrially and in orbit. It is thus reasonable to assume that this is/was and attempt to communicate either outside Q’s control, or among Q’s network without outside interception. Given that the FBI was involved without the local authorities, it would likely be the former than the latter.

    If communicating with geosync assets, there are two primary footprints over North America – east and west. The observatory would be in the western footprint away from the dense eastern seaboard traffic, and would provide both up and down links.

    Just thinking out loud…

    • Gaia Mars-hall on September 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Yes good thinking, the notion of “communications platforms” outside of the regular is interesting and a perennial story that one hears with the “International Bankers”…”Illuminati”….etc. The obscure annals of radio, speak of various systems, like ‘Ground Radio” as communications means. I am sure that a biological radio system (Radionics) is something that can be so adapted to provide the means of sending messages through a devised language system. Actually pretty easy with the right equipment and good dowsers….

      Recently there way, on Sorcha Faal, ha ha, a report that Nellie Ohr was using shortwave radio as a transmission system…..fewer and fewer short waves these days, and I am sure that there are a number of ways to disguise messages using that medium…..One might ask how many people know morse code these days….

  5. marcos toledo on September 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    The idea of an observatory used espionage was used in Arthur C. Clarke Earthlight novel. God knows what our Deep State is up to the X-Files DVD looks like an obvious plant to throw researchers off from what really afoot.

  6. Gaia Mars-hall on September 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Good work!
    A few days ago Sorcha Faal had this report…which is certainly high octane!

    • Westcoaster on September 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Whenever I see the phrase “circulating in the Kremlin” it’s the sign we’re being played and I’ve NEVER seen anything develop from Sorcha Faal as a resource.
      Plus, the “5 offline telescopes” was part of the hoo-hah in this story; there was an observatory webcam that was shut down, but it was planned maintenance.
      That being said, I have zero idea what went down, but one more tail on the donkey is reports that 15 vehicles were left in the parking lot, so those workers most likely were taken somewhere by the Fedgov. Perhaps this is an “espionage of classified info” affair and that a whole ‘nother can of worms.

      • Joseph P. Farrell on September 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

        I agree, I learned my lesson the hard way about Sorcha Faal

      • Gaia Mars-hall on September 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Of course, but the ‘Deep State’ wants everyone to dismiss anything that might be representative of the position of Russia.

        It is fairly obvious that Sorcha Faal puts out alot of wild stories, but anyone astute can pick that up, and follow the deeper narrative, the war against Russia and civilization by the globalist ‘Deep State”.

        Frankly Sorcha Faal is entertaining, just as this site is, though this site is thankfully a forum for thinking, demonstrated by Mr. Farrell and the great stable of regular and irregular commentators….thus I thought it relevant to link the site “What Does It Mean?”……which by the way asks one to think: Hence the question mark!

  7. justawhoaman on September 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I totally appreciate ferreting out why the NM Sunspot Observatory might have been shut down but this doesn’t explain, nor do the theories include, the other 6 observatories internationally that were also shut down. Security over the White Sands base? Heck yeah. But that doesn’t explain the rest.

    • goshawks on September 17, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      If this was real espionage involving monitoring nearby White Sands, the connection might be their ‘connections’. In this day & age, various astronomical communities have hard-wired or always-on communications links to similar sites. I could easily see “the other 6 observatories internationally that were also shut down” as having those comm links. If ‘someone’ was inside the NM Sunspot Observatory, they would have had access to that worldwide comm system. If this was real espionage, the intel agencies may have been trying to shut down the whole ‘infected’ apparatus. (And/or ‘bag’ the individuals at the other end…)

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      I didn’t ta;l about those for three very good reasons: (1) Because as far as I know those shut downs were of camera feeds, (2) there is little more information than that on which to base any blog, and (3) because, as far as I know, no intelligence or security forces were involved in those camera feed shutdowns.

      • goshawks on September 18, 2018 at 12:10 am

        I just finished a Sep 12th youtube report by Linda Moulton Howe: “Why did FBI close down Nat’l. Solar Observatory in Sunspot, NM & local Post Office?” At 13 minutes in, LMH said she got an email on the supposed shut-down of other solar observatories, which did not make sense to her. So, she asked her friend and author Peter Levenda to investigate. He found nothing unusual going-on at the listed sites, as well as others around the world. Only at the Sunspot, NM site. So, ‘someone’ is spreading disinfo for whatever motives…

  8. Robert Barricklow on September 17, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Someone, or somebody got to hear/see something
    they were not supposed to hear/see
    that’s concerning a domestic threat being perpetrated.
    They heard/saw the part[s] of the criminal syndicate op[s]?
    That’s not at all kosher!

    • Robert Barricklow on September 17, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Volunteer as in football/military?
      Security as in do as we say; not as we do.
      Contract = cross purposes = public/private.

  9. Kahlypso on September 17, 2018 at 10:15 am


    Little Rock Security?? really? 🙂

    Its interesting that 15 people needed to be evacuated..

  10. anakephalaiosis on September 17, 2018 at 8:44 am

    This hungry alien flew by
    having breakfast in sky,
    looking for a hot
    bacon spot,
    for an egg to fry.

  11. goshawks on September 17, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I agree that UFO-watching near the Sun is a lame theory. There are hundreds of amateurs with reasonably-good solar scopes. Shutting-down one (or a few ) solar observatories would do little to squelch observations.

    The alleged use of a Blackhawk helicopter does indicate either a time-sensitive occurrence or a need to ’round up’ people or evidence before they depart the locality. The closure of the USPS would support this angle.

    Right now, my inclinations are 50% for psy-op (combo of pulling attention off-of other stuff, and preparing the ground for *sigh* yet another “Russian/Chinese interference” propaganda push) and 50% for real espionage involving monitoring nearby White Sands (in some way that communications-monitoring spysats could not; perhaps constant monitoring versus LEO spysats having to ‘revisit’ an area).

  12. DanaThomas on September 17, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Sunspot, close to Alamogordo, was set up in 1947 (that rings a Bell). Operations supposed to be handed over to NM State U, according to this article in the local press dated March 2017:

  13. basta on September 17, 2018 at 5:24 am

    This story sounded to me like a hack into secure networks; the observatory is essentially run via “telecommuting” and so someone doubtless got access to lots of restricted data perhaps by simply going on-site, opening a padlocked door and physically hacking the servers there. Easy peasy.

    • basta on September 17, 2018 at 5:26 am

      …Or astronomers doing bitcoin mining.

  14. Kahlypso on September 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Lots of HOS about this Solar observatory..
    Things to consider…
    FBI Counterintelligence do investigate Espionnage.. and that does include economic espionnage. THey also have a department dedicated to Combatting Foreign Influence..(like evil Russian masterminds using Soros to influence the American Election to make Hillary’s votes count for 1.2 votes instead of 1.. She still didnt win lol) So.. If someone WAS piggybacking the Telescope to transmit stuff..The FBI would have been the ones that turned up..

    Several videos ‘floating’ around the internet, (take them for what they’re worth) showing what looks like… Large globes sucking plasma off the Sun, and large Cylinder vessals sourrounded by fleets of little ‘baby’ ships. (nothing to do with this Soalr Observatory, these videos have been there for some time already..) These can all be related to the Solar Warden story of Mr McKinnon and the large Cylinders to Ringmakers of Saturn. (dont forget the wood carving of Nuremburg)

    Several Solar observatories have gone ‘offline’.. or at least.. Webcams that show the sun around the globe.. The planet spins and moves in a cycle, the Sun doesnt.. no matter how many obseravtories are shut down… we cant ‘censure’ any solar activity phenomena because eventually someone somewhere is going to see it…

    The Schumann Resonance has been going batsh** crazy lately… this is VERY likely due to massive solar bombardement from huge sunspots on the sun’s surface..
    This is likely linked to the excessive and increasing volcanic activity on Earth.

    IF… and whatta bigga IFFA!! there ARE Aliens in big huge muddaships coming down to Earth.. they’ve come at an interesting time.

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