UFO Seekers use a telescope to capture images of the secret Area 51 base where people can be SHOT on sight
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Hikers and UFO enthusiasts have captured clear, new images of the secretive Area 51 base in Nevada using a telescope and camera. The photos have been published and can be viewed below.
Area 51 is off limits to the public and is heavily patrolled. Sensors also detect anyone approaching the perimeter.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Area 51, the secret Air Force base with a six-mile, curved runway, has been photographed from public land using a telescope at long range. The images are the clearest snapshots of the secret desert base captured in recent history.
A pair of UFO Seekers, as they are called, hiked an 8,000 foot mountain, 25 miles away from the base. They were on public land the whole time. From near the peak of the mountain, there is a spot where Area 51 can be seen at a great distance. Using a telescope and camera, they captured images of the secret base.
Area 51 is the unofficial name of the base which is also called Dreamland, or Paradise Ranch. It's official name is much less inspiring: Homey Airport, or Groom Lake.
The base was established in the 1950s for testing and operation of the U2 spy plane and later the SR71. A curved runway was established at the base by painting directly on the lakebed. The curve was intended to be used by SR71 pilots should they have to abort their high-speed takeoffs. By following the curve, they could avoid crashing into sagebrush on the desert floor and coast to a stop on the flat lakebed. The pilots never had to use it. The runway is still visible in satellite photos.
Tim and Tracey Doyle climbed Tikaboo Peak from whence they were able to glimpse and photograph Area 51.
Many alien enthusiasts claim Area 51 is a hotbed of testing activity for alien technology. Various people who claim to have inside knowledge say the U.S. military has crashed alien craft which they are working to reverse-engineer. Others claim that aliens regularly visit the facility.
The truth is probably more mundane, but still exciting. Area 51 is used to test state-of-the-art aircraft and technologies that in a time of crisis can make the difference between victory and defeat. It is reasonable to assume that much of the technology developed at the site is at least a decade or more advanced from what the public knows exists.
The base is visible in the distance. The images were captured from about 25 miles away.
There is no credible evidence of alien visitation or that UFOs are present at the secret site. However, the security forces and contractors responsible for guarding Area 51 and its secrets are quite good at what they do, so if they did, it would be difficult for us to know.
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The base is said to be ringed with sensors that can detect movement outside the perimeter. Should anyone stray too close to the base, they will be met with heavily armed security contractors or soldiers who are authorized to use lethal force.
Over the past few decades, the government has purchased and forced people off lands surrounding the base, to prevent public viewing and spying. Any pilot who flies over the base is likely to lose their pilot's license and could face arrest. Even Air Force pilots are forbidden to overfly the area, despite its location in the middle of Nellis Air Force Base. Many pilots are trained for combat operations just north of Area 51, but they are taught to avoid "the container" as military pilots call the area.
Images do not reveal a lot of detail to the untrained eye, but they do suggest the base is busy and has a lot of activity.
The new images do not show anything unusual. They show activity at the base, but nothing that could compromise national security, or so we conclude. Satellite images probably reveal the same detail.
However, had the images been taken at the right moment, it is possible some secret could have been revealed. In that case, the UFO Seekers could have found themselves in a lot of trouble.
So far, the images have not been removed, and it is likely that base officials have already seen them online. We feel safe sharing them with you.
A closer image of the base. Cars can be seen moving in the background.
It is not advised for people to visit the area. The base is entirely inaccessible, and the mountains around it require hiking equipment and skills. The location is remote, requiring several hours drive though the desert. A mistake could land a person in danger, or at least legal trouble.
Some professional enthusiasts do schedule hikes and other events that are open to the public. Despite the harshness of the environment, tourists still flock to the area and its tiny communities which have evolved to cater to them.
We're always interested in reports from this area, so comments and information are welcome.
The base is home to various advanced testing projects, but nobody knows exactly what they are testing there.
A satellite image of Groom Lake taken from Google. The curved runway is faintly visible as a line on the right side of the dry lakebed.
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