June 24, 2018

24.04.11: The McDonald Observatory “Dodges the Bullet.”

Fires approach the domes of McDonald…(Credit: Frank Cianciolo/McDonald Observatory).

   Holy Cats… the landscape around the McDonald Observatory in west Texas has been looking very other-worldly over the past week, as wild fires have raged dangerously close to the complex. Home of the 9.2 meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the observatory survived the fires after a dramatic back burn was conducted to consume any ground material that could fuel further fires. [Read more...]