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Siding Spring Observatory Update

Siding Spring Observatory will be closed for the next two weeks to enable a full assessment of the damage caused by the Wambelong Fire, and to ensure the site is safe for staff prior to their return.
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Australia bushfire destroys homes and damages observatory

A major bushfire has destroyed at least 33 homes in New South Wales and damaged an observatory, as fires continue to burn across the state.
The fire forced staff to evacuate from the Siding Spring Observatory, in the state's north-east.

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Map of current Fires and Incidents

The NSW Rural Fire Service responds to a range of incidents across the State. This table provides an indication of current fires and incidents being attended by NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers.
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Siding Springs observatory fires

today, bushfires swept through the warrumbungle national park, which grows around the observatory. the observatory was officially evacuated by the NSW rural fire service sometime around 4pm today.
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Siding Spring Survey
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Vital eye for killer asteroids could shut imminently

A lack of cash could end the only survey dedicated to searching the southern skies for Earth-grazing comets and asteroids. That would create a blind spot in our global view of objects that could cause significant devastation should they hit Earth.
The Siding Spring Survey uses images from the Siding Spring observatory in Australia as part of the global Catalina Sky Survey, an effort to discover and track potentially dangerous near-Earth objects. Astronomers sift through virtually identical images of the sky, looking for moving objects.

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The Australian Astronomical Observatory, a division of the Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research, operates the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes on behalf of the astronomical community of Australia. To this end the Observatory is part of and is funded by the Australian Government. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.
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The Anglo-Australian Observatory in Coonabarabran (NSW) is to become a Division of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research on 1 July.
The observatory will also change its name to the Australian Astronomical Observatory.

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Anglo-Australian observatory at Coonabarabran reverts to sole Australian control
The Anglo-Australian Observatory, one of Australia's premier scientific institutions, is shedding its link with the UK, changing its name, and throwing a 'party' - including events for the public.
The AAO has been jointly funded and overseen by the UK and Australian Governments since its inception in 1974.

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Australian Astronomical Observatory Bill 2009
Date introduced:  25 November 2009
House:  House of Representatives
Portfolio:  Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Commencement:  The Act commences on 1 July 2010.

This Bill will establish the Australian Astronomical Observatory (the observatory) within the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (the Department) and set up its associated governance arrangements,  including the creation of an Australian Astronomical Observatory Advisory Committee (the advisory committee).
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Australia is preparing to fully take over the "leading edge" astronomical observatory at Siding Spring in north-western NSW.
This follows the British government ending its share of funding for what had been a joint project for 40 years.
Under legislation introduced on Wednesday, the Anglo-Australian Observatory will be dissolved and replaced by the Australian Astronomical Observatory.

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