Telescopes at a global astronomy research hub appear to have survived a devastating Australian bushfire that destroyed nearby homes and damaged several buildings on the site, officials said on Monday.
Photo taken on January 13, 2013 and provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) shows smoke billowing from a fire near the Siding Spring Observatory. The RFS said that the main Anglo-Australian Telescope appear to have survived.
The fire, which raged through the night fuelled by hot, strong winds, damaged parts of the Aus$100 million (US$105 million) Siding Spring Observatory some 500 kilometres (330 miles) northwest of Sydney, officials said.
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