Keith Peak telescopes continue to stand amid forest fires in Arizona

A raging forest fire “mostly delays” in Keith Peak National Observatorywhich remains too dangerous for astronomers to check what part of the area has been damaged, officials said in an update Monday (June 20th).

Although initial estimates show that all telescope domes remain upright, the Arizona facility remains an “active firefighting” area, with air and firefighting efforts continuing from aircraft and helicopters to both the observatory and neighboring communities. from the National Optical Foundation of the National Science Foundation Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab), which runs the observatory, said in statement (opens in a new section).

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