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“Station Fire” Bearing Down On Mount Wilson Observatory

30 Aug 2009, 04:01 UTC
“Station Fire” Bearing Down On Mount Wilson Observatory
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As the fires rage in Southern California, the “Station Fire” continues to burn unnervingly close to the famous Mount Wilson Observatory, about 50 miles east from my location. The above image was captured at 8:29pm (PST) tonight from the observatory’s 150-foot Solar Tower webcam (called the “Towercam”), and it’s pretty obvious how close the fire [...]Post from: Astroengine.com“Station Fire” Bearing Down On Mount Wilson Observatory

The Mount Wilson Observatory webcam, looking west. City lights to the left is the approximate location of Burbank (image corrected for contrast. ©UCLA)
As the fires rage in Southern California, the “Station Fire” continues to burn unnervingly close to the famous Mount Wilson Observatory, about 50 miles east from my location. The above image was captured at 8:29pm (PST) tonight from the observatory’s 150-foot Solar Tower webcam (called the “Towercam”), and it’s pretty obvious how close the fire is.
Mount Wilson at sunset earlier today (©UCLA)
Mount Wilson isn’t just important for the observatory, it is also home to telecommunication masts that are a lifeline for emergency services.
“If Mount Wilson goes out, this news conference is done, because we won’t have any telecommunications,” Deputy Los Angeles County Fire Chief Jim Powers said in a ...

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