Wildfire threatens top Australian research observatory

Australia's largest research observatory, which houses top telescopes from around the world, is surrounded by a "large and dangerous" bush fire.

An aerial photograph showing the bush fire in threatening the Siding Spring Observatory.
The bush fire threatening the remote Siding Spring Observatory. Credit: @NSWRFS

New South Wales Rural Fire Service posted aerial images on Twitter showing the Siding Spring Observatory under threat from the uncontrolled bushfire on Sunday, as hundreds of firefighters battled blazes across the state.

The remote mountaintop facility engulfed in smoke on Sunday.
The remote mountaintop facility engulfed in smoke on Sunday. Credit: @NSWRFS

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Man dies in Australia wildfires

The first fatality in the Australian wildfires has been confirmed. A man was discovered in a burned out car near Seaton in Victoria, around 120 miles east of Melbourne, police said.