Sunspot Observatory still closed a week after evacuation

An employee and resident of the National Solar Observatory set up a tent near the entrance Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. According to a security guard stationed at the site, he is only able to enter to do routine maintenance but cannot stay in his home. (Photo: Dylan Taylor-Lehman/Daily News)

SUNSPOT – Sunspot Observatory was closed and evacuated Sept. 6 due to an undisclosed security risk. Federal officials aren’t saying why it was closed, and the silence has led to international media coverage and plenty of speculation.

Authorities remain tight-lipped.

Security guards are stationed at entrance to the Sunspot Observatory on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, to turn away the visitors curious about the site’s sudden closure. (Photo: Dylan Taylor-Lehman/Daily News)

The FBI referred all questions to the group that manages the site, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Officials there say they’re working with authorities.

“Nothing’s changed from last week,” Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, or AURA, spokeswoman Shari Lifson said.

Source: Sunspot Observatory still closed a week after evacuation

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