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Sunday 20 April 2014

Bushfires threaten to destroy top Australian space observatory

The Wambelong fire burns near the Siding Springs Observatory, about 350km north west of Sydney

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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