Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook Event With Over 1 Million RSVPs

An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook Event With Over 1 Million RSVPs

Is it really happening, or is it just an excuse to make memes?

Published July 15th

If you are still active on Facebook, then chances are pretty high you’ve seen the viral event to "Storm Area 51,” the top-secret U.S. military site in Nevada. However, if you aren’t particularly well versed in alien conspiracies and UFO sightings, then you may have no idea what everyone is talking about.

Here’s a crash course on everything you need to know about Area 51 and the movement to raid the site.

  1. What is Area 51?

    Located about 88 miles north of Las Vegas and within the Edwards Air Force Base is a remote facility known as Area 51. The classified testing and training range is used by the U.S. Air Force to develop new aircrafts and weapons. The secret nature of the facility and the government’s apprehension to acknowledge its presence has fueled a countless number of conspiracy theories about the site. 

    Due to the number of unidentified aircrafts tested over the site and the secret nature of the facility, Area 51 famously became the place where many people think any information or evidence regarding extraterrestrial life can be found.

  2. What is the raid on Area 51?

    Popular Twitch gaming streamer SmyleeKun created the event “Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us” on Facebook, and nearly one million Facebook users have RSVP’d to the Sept. 20 event.

    “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the event description said in reference to a Japanese anime character.

    “Let's see them aliens.”

    Although many people assume the raid will not actually happen, the Facebook page has become a breeding ground for new theories about Area 51 and alien-themed memes.

  3. What has the response been?

    The viral campaign to storm Area 51 has gained so much national attention officials with the Air Force were forced to warn people not to travel to the area.

    "[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. ... The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets," spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post.

    Annie Jacobsen, author of Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, told “Fox and Friends” she doubts any civilian will even come close to the heavily guarded facility.

    "That base is so jealously guarded, both in terms of media and in terms of actual physicality. I don't think the Air Force or any of the other military partners or intelligence community partners that are all working out there at Area 51 are gonna let anybody anywhere near the entrance to Area 51," Jacobsen said.

  4. What can we actually expect to happen?

    Based on the opinions of professionals and the types of posts seen in the event page, it’s safe to assume no actual raid of Area 51 will go down. A few months from now, the Facebook event will probably just be known as the birthplace of these hilarious memes.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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