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(Gizmodo)   Director of the National Solar Observatory, which was swarmed by FBI agents and closed last week, claims that it wasn't because they'd spotted aliens. Cigarette-smoking man standing behind him nods in agreement   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2018-09-14 04:02:20 PM  
My money is on Chinese espionage atop one of the radio towers.
 
2018-09-14 04:55:12 PM  
Sunspot whats happening ?
Youtube _AVdVBvSjcU

X-Files DVD in the trash FTW!
 
2018-09-14 06:11:59 PM  
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I think America is finally ready for a story about a group of people who WANT the Earth to be enslaved by aliens.
 
2018-09-14 06:41:07 PM  

GregoryD: My money is on Chinese espionage atop one of the radio towers.


That's what Fallout 3 taught me to expect, at least.
 
2018-09-14 06:41:21 PM  
If it were a solar flare, hundreds of other observatories and amateurs would have detected it. If it were extraterrestrials, there would be news of massive military movements (although Florence would give them excellent cover).

My guess: Computers at the center were compromised somehow, either by foreign governments or bitcoin miners.
 
2018-09-14 06:41:22 PM  
The extinction level asteroid is one working theory. But ...

The observatory is also close to a missile testing range and we are testing a long range cruise missile that can be dropped from a bomber and sent far behind enemy defenses with a nuclear warhead. Supposed to be stealthy and have a low IR signature. Possibly using a radically different means of propulsion.

If the observatorys controls or systems had been compromised by a state sponsored attack, then the FBI shutting the facility down would make sense.
 
2018-09-14 06:41:44 PM  
Wanted for questioning.

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2018-09-14 06:42:25 PM  
G-man smirks knowingly.
 
2018-09-14 06:42:34 PM  
Any aliens in our vicinity of the Universe are very likely microbial...

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2018-09-14 06:44:27 PM  
Astonomer: Hey, I can see the border crossings from here?

FBI: Shut down everything!
 
2018-09-14 06:45:13 PM  
Erratum: For ? read !
 
2018-09-14 06:48:05 PM  

fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 331x499]

I think America is finally ready for a story about a group of people who WANT the Earth to be enslaved by aliens.


It is a good series ( other two books are a better read, imho ) but .... I would prefer this version

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book is a *lot* better than the film, imo . Yes, same writer of twilight, but it's a good story in spite of that
 
2018-09-14 06:55:59 PM  
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2018-09-14 07:01:43 PM  
"You're even more quarantined now, Earth-folks.
We'll let you know when you're 'thinking globally' enough to join The Federation"

-love, The Grays

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2018-09-14 07:04:53 PM  
If it were aliens, what other response would the FBI want them to give?
 
2018-09-14 07:05:46 PM  
tuxq:The observatory is also close to a missile testing range and we are testing a long range cruise missile that can be dropped from a bomber and sent far behind enemy defenses with a nuclear warhead. Supposed to be stealthy and have a low IR signature. Possibly using a radically different means of propulsion.

People don't have to have a doctorate in a subject to speak about it but they shouldn't do a word salad and speak somewhat authoritatively using terms they clearly do not understand. There is a happy middle ground, find it. You weren't being rude to anybody or anything but come on, I don't get stuff like that.
 
2018-09-14 07:09:41 PM  
Rumors say it was an attempt to hack into government Intranet by the Chinese with one or more physical Stingray type devices sent to the local post offices. The response suggests it was partially successful, and there's an investigation as to how and what was accessed.
 
2018-09-14 07:16:24 PM  
Subby, I understand.

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2018-09-14 07:17:04 PM  
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2018-09-14 07:19:05 PM  

brantgoose: Astonomer: Hey, I can see the border crossings from here?

FBI: Shut down everything!


That telescope is not as aim-able as most.  It was built to observe only one thing.
 
2018-09-14 07:22:34 PM  

r1niceboy: Rumors say it was an attempt to hack into government Intranet by the Chinese with one or more physical Stingray type devices sent to the local post offices. The response suggests it was partially successful, and there's an investigation as to how and what was accessed.


Civilian science needs to be on a separate network.  They need to be able to publish their results and collaborate with foreign colleagues.  It would be much simpler if they used the same networks that schools and businesses do.
 
2018-09-14 07:24:07 PM  
Looks more like a periscope than a telescope.
 
2018-09-14 07:25:31 PM  
Being that it's the National Solar Observatory and considering what they are looking at, it would seem that they are actually the least likely observatory on the planet to spot aliens. Yet that's the first thing that they deny when the FBI shuts them down. "Killer solar storm" comes in second. Hmmm. I wonder what the night shift is working on...

/Just because I can imagine it doesn't mean I believe it.
 
2018-09-14 07:26:08 PM  
I recall a TV show where an observatory picked up what was believed to be alien signals and mysterious government agency involved etc and the end the story turned out to be they picked up SIGINT and there was a government agency involved but to recover the SIGNIT and not because Aliens

Maybe a Castle episode
 
2018-09-14 07:27:05 PM  
That narrows it down a smidgen. There are still myriad possibilities as to the reason for the closure.
 
2018-09-14 07:32:10 PM  

WoodyHayes: tuxq:The observatory is also close to a missile testing range and we are testing a long range cruise missile that can be dropped from a bomber and sent far behind enemy defenses with a nuclear warhead. Supposed to be stealthy and have a low IR signature. Possibly using a radically different means of propulsion.

People don't have to have a doctorate in a subject to speak about it but they shouldn't do a word salad and speak somewhat authoritatively using terms they clearly do not understand. There is a happy middle ground, find it. You weren't being rude to anybody or anything but come on, I don't get stuff like that.


Aww did my Friday night writing composition trigger you, snowflake?
 
2018-09-14 07:34:25 PM  

gbv23: "You're even more quarantined now, Earth-folks.
We'll let you know when you're 'thinking globally' enough to join The Federation"

-love, The Grays

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Lol, the sickly, scrawny, greys with big heads and eyes?
They aren't aliens, they are time travelers from 300 years in the future
 
2018-09-14 07:45:35 PM  
I wonder if that's why we only see it during the day?
 
2018-09-14 07:47:07 PM  
"It was a routine administrative precaution to confirm that all security protocols were being followed."

Those remote observatories are basically like banks in their desirability to intruders, physical and digital.

// heh, digital intruders
/// No, YOU grow up
 
2018-09-14 07:53:35 PM  

MacWizard: Being that it's the National Solar Observatory and considering what they are looking at, it would seem that they are actually the least likely observatory on the planet to spot aliens. Yet that's the first thing that they deny when the FBI shuts them down. "Killer solar storm" comes in second. Hmmm. I wonder what the night shift is working on...

/Just because I can imagine it doesn't mean I believe it.


Doesn't necessarily mean they are only observing our sun...
 
2018-09-14 07:54:25 PM  
tuxq:
...The observatory is also close to a missile testing range and we are testing a long range cruise missile that can be dropped from a bomber and sent far behind enemy defenses with a nuclear warhead. Supposed to be stealthy and have a low IR signature. Possibly using a radically different means of propulsion...

Can/will these be racked up like the 250 lb bomb system in the 52's ?
 
2018-09-14 07:59:08 PM  

PainInTheASP: Subby, I understand.

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You have to pay extra for subby to do that. Aslo, where are you going to find a naked picture of Oprah?
 
2018-09-14 08:00:20 PM  

GregoryD: My money is on Chinese espionage atop one of the radio towers.


This. The National Solar Observatory sits on a big hill overlooking Hollowman AFB and White Sands.
 
2018-09-14 08:02:26 PM  
I have actually been there...very interesting place, though there is not much to do.  Also did not see anyone about but a guy flying a drone around. On the road up they have markers for all the planets in the correct ratios as they orbit the sun.

The VLA was much more inspiring.
 
2018-09-14 08:05:12 PM  
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2018-09-14 08:08:35 PM  
With today's law enforcement, it was more likely another type of alien.
 
2018-09-14 08:11:34 PM  
Do we know that it wasn't something lame like embezzlement or grant fraud?

Steal a billion dollars from the government and you'll get a lobbying job, but steal a million dollars from the government and you'll get an FBI raid.
 
2018-09-14 08:14:06 PM  

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What were we talking about again?
 
KIA
2018-09-14 08:14:42 PM  
Someone needs to figure out where the staff went.  If they're spotted at a big box store stocking up on huge bins of pasta and 5-gallon water jugs, consider the panicking alternative.
 
2018-09-14 08:15:03 PM  

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I... I.. don't remember what I was gonna post.

off to get a cookie now
 
2018-09-14 08:15:07 PM  

dukeblue219: Do we know that it wasn't something lame like embezzlement or grant fraud?

Steal a billion dollars from the government and you'll get a lobbying job, but steal a million dollars from the government and you'll get an FBI raid.


Then why close the post office?
/ remember when they were finding Wi-Fi sniffers in regular(not "smart") toasters?
 
2018-09-14 08:32:17 PM  
WoodyHayes:
"People don't have to have a . . . "

Speaking of word salads.  How about, "One does not require . . ." ?
 
2018-09-14 08:32:29 PM  

Fabric_Man: If it were a solar flare, hundreds of other observatories and amateurs would have detected it. If it were extraterrestrials, there would be news of massive military movements (although Florence would give them excellent cover).

My guess: Computers at the center were compromised somehow, either by foreign governments or bitcoin miners.


As much as I'm starting to wish otherwise, you're probably right.

*sigh*
 
2018-09-14 08:37:03 PM  

tuxq: The extinction level asteroid is one working theory. But ...

The observatory is also close to a missile testing range and we are testing a long range cruise missile that can be dropped from a bomber and sent far behind enemy defenses with a nuclear warhead. Supposed to be stealthy and have a low IR signature. Possibly using a radically different means of propulsion.

If the observatorys controls or systems had been compromised by a state sponsored attack, then the FBI shutting the facility down would make sense.


A more prosaic explanation? There's a nearby Air Force base. The observatory, being an obvious landmark, is something the pilots often fly nearby. Sometimes, things fall off aircraft in flight. In military planes some of those things may be very closely guarded secrets, and also potentially hazardous. Given the rough terrain, if a plane lost something it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to shut the place down, keep the public away, and bring in federal forces from different agencies to lock things down and look for it.
 
2018-09-14 08:40:33 PM  

bigfire: PainInTheASP: Subby, I understand.

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You have to pay extra for subby to do that.


Not *that* much extra, though. It's GABF week coming up, and I need every dollar I can earn.
 
2018-09-14 08:42:47 PM  

ladyfortuna: Fabric_Man: If it were a solar flare, hundreds of other observatories and amateurs would have detected it. If it were extraterrestrials, there would be news of massive military movements (although Florence would give them excellent cover).

My guess: Computers at the center were compromised somehow, either by foreign governments or bitcoin miners.

As much as I'm starting to wish otherwise, you're probably right.

*sigh*


You do have the biggest joint Russian and Chinese war gamed ever, somewhat large military movements...  why would the FBI evacuate ppl and not leave a crime team behind pulling computers out to vans if hacking hw/sw involved...
 
2018-09-14 08:45:51 PM  

FarkQued: ladyfortuna: Fabric_Man: If it were a solar flare, hundreds of other observatories and amateurs would have detected it. If it were extraterrestrials, there would be news of massive military movements (although Florence would give them excellent cover).

My guess: Computers at the center were compromised somehow, either by foreign governments or bitcoin miners.

As much as I'm starting to wish otherwise, you're probably right.

*sigh*

You do have the biggest joint Russian and Chinese war gamed ever, somewhat large military movements...  why would the FBI evacuate ppl and not leave a crime team behind pulling computers out to vans if hacking hw/sw involved...


"Moscow said the weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 maneuvers will span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans and involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops - nearly one-third of the country's 1-million-strong military. They will feature more than 1,000 aircraft, about 36,000 tanks and other military vehicles and 80 warships."
 
2018-09-14 08:55:46 PM  
Eerie, apparently you could just walk right up to it as recently as yesterday.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/​2​3609/watch-this-guy-go-up-to-the-myste​riously-evacuated-sunspot-observatory-​and-walk-all-around

Sunspot whats happening ?
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/ these places seem to attract interesting types
 
2018-09-14 08:56:20 PM  
Out of all of the solar observatories IN THE WORLD, yeah, THIS one, was the only one to "see an alien".
Boy, the people that come up with this crap are looney tunes from Roswell!
 
2018-09-14 08:59:27 PM  
Well that confirms it. It was Aliens.
 
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