Friday 30 January 2015

Bushfires threaten to destroy top Australian space observatory

James Grubel

Published 14/01/2013 | 09:31

The Wambelong fire burns near the Siding Springs Observatory, about 350km north west of Sydney
The Redbank North Fire burns close to the Newell Hwy near Coonabarabran, about 350km north west of Sydney
The ash from burnt vegetation mottles the earth in an area near Milparinka, about 600km (372 miles) north east of Adelaide
A property lies in ruins after being destroyed by the Yarrabin Fire near Cooma, about 100km (62 miles) south of Canberra

RAGING wildfires destroyed at least another 28 homes and threatened Australia's leading optical space observatory today but spared giant telescopes that have mapped far-away galaxies and discovered new planets.

Less fortunate were a father and son who police arrested after a fire was lit deliberately to destroy illegal drug laboratories they were alleged to be running in dense bushland. Police were closing in on the drug labs when the fire was lit.

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