Mount Stromlo Fire, January 18, 2003
Left to Right: The 74-inch telescope; Administration Building; Melted 26-inch Yale-Columbia dome (aerial, exterior, and interior)
Left to Right: 50-inch Great Melbourne Telescope; Melted 50-inch Dome; Library; Damaged Solar Telescope dome
Mount Stromlo Installations National Archives Information
Maps showing extent of fires and fire timeline.
- AUSLIG 1-m Laser ranging facility (2-m facility under construction) - gone
- 9-inch Oddie refractor (constructed 1889, relocated 1911, recently used by Canberra Astronomical Society) - gone
- 26-inch Yale Columbia refractor (constructed 1925, relocated 1952, formerly used by Virginia Parallax Program 1977-1992, then as facility for Red Belly Black Cafe) - dome melted, lens cracked - gone
- 50-inch Great Melbourne Telescope (more history) (just started Stromlo Southern Sky Survey, formerly used by MACHO project) - gone
- 30-inch Reynolds Telescope (1925) (used by MACHO team and Reynolds Amateur Photometry Team) - steel dome intact, but interior gutted
- Uppsala dome (originally the home of Uppsala Schmidt 1957-1982, then used by Canberra Astronomical Society to house an 14-inch Dobsonian and 6-inch reflector) - gone
- 74-inch (1955)- steel dome intact, but contents gutted.
- Director's Residence (1926)- gone
- Original administration building including two small domes housing
6-inch Farnham refractor (constructed 1886, relocated 1926) and 18-inch solar telescope (1931) and library- gone
- Workshops (including Gemini North NIFS spectrograph - A$4M) - gone
- Visitor's Centre including Red Belly Black Cafe - little damage?
- Woolley (1995) and Duffield (1964) buildings (research and administration offices) - little damage (water damage)
- IPS space weather monitoring station at western base of Mt Stromlo - damaged, but expected to be operational when power
and communications restored.
Videos from the ABC showing some of the destruction: video1 (Portion with Stromlo footage and discussion is between 2:29 and 2:45) and
video2 ( between 2:50 and 3:13)
Stories on Stromlo Fire: New Scientist ,
Sky and Telescope Story and
Astronomy Magazine Story by Pamela L. Gay.