An update on the Siding Spring Observatory

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A short followup of my post sent last night with a good news through an official announcement by the Australian National University  posted today.

In a nutshell, no telescopes have suffered major damages from the bush fire, but the astronomer’s lodge, the visitor’s center and several staff houses have been destroyed or seriously damage.

Siding Spring Observatory. Photo by NSW RFS

The NSW rural fire service posted several pictures of the observatory taken on the morning.  It could have been worst, since it is visible from the pictures that the fire approached dangerously the telescope domes.

Hopefully, after the reconstruction of the staff buildings, the observatory will be fully operational again. We avoided the worst at Siding Spring Observatory last night and most astronomers, including myself, are happy not to have to mourn the disappearance of a unique facility.

Clear Skies

Franck M.





About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

3 Responses to An update on the Siding Spring Observatory

  1. J durrington says:

    can you tell me how i can find da14

  2. J durrington says:

    lucky more was not burnt what direction should look

  3. J durrington says:

    At this time where should i look

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