Fire at Mount Wilson Observatory – some positive news?

Captured screen of the interactive LA Times map. The "volcano' on the bottom-right indicates the position of the Mount Wilson. The fire seems to have stopped it progression toward the observatory.
Captured screen of the interactive LA Times map. The "volcano" on thebottom right of the affected area corresponds to the position of Mount Wilson.


Apparently the Mount Wilson Observatory survived the night. The web cam is still active and this morning did not show any damages on the mountain.  The director posted a very positive message on its blog as well [update: the blog was relocated at 6pm here].

The results of the effort…

If months ago (sorry for not being able to write more often: work, trips, vacations…) I wrote about writing proposals and the efort it implied, now I am collecting the benefits: the observing time.

I applied and obtained a fair amount of hours in service mode with the new and shine Spanish 10 m telescope GTC. I submitted the Observing Blocks (the instructions about how to observe) yesterday and since the proposal was approved with a good ranking, the data will be collected during the incoming months

And I am now at the William Herschel Telescope, observing very young objects we discover using the Spitzer Space Telescope. They are heavily embedded by material and they seem to be pulsating, but we do not know what they really are. So we are taking infrared spectra in order to be able to classify them and to have an idea about what is going on.

I have to confess I am quite tired, but fortunately most of the work is being done by my student Pablo. In any case, it is going to be a long night…