VATT Smoked but not Cooked in Frye Fire – The Catholic Astronomer

At 12:27 local time on Sunday June 18, Kevin Newton emailed this image from the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) building with the caption, “VATT is in trouble.” The photograph shows a red plume of fire in the direction where the VATT (Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope) ought to be. When I saw it, I was very nervous but I knew that things cannot be quite as bad as the picture suggested. Kevin’s email came to me via the microwave communications tower standing 15ft from the VATT building. ‘If the tower is OK,’ I kept telling myself, ‘then the VATT must be OK, too.’ The fire was started by lightning around 2:45pm on June 7 in a fire scar left by the 2004 Nuttal Complex Fire in the vicinity of Frye Canyon about 4 miles north-northeast of the LBT building. In the morning of June 10 its size was estimated as 50 acres. The risk to the astronomical facilities on Mt Graham … Continue reading →

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