Double trouble

Following my post on the damage to telescopes on Hawaii following last Sunday's earthquake, it seems that the Faulkes Telescope Project suffered a double whammy of natural disasters this week. The Faulkes Telescope North (based on Maui, Hawaii) was taken off-line because of the earthquake and the Faulkes Telescope South (based at Siding Spring, Australia) suffered a direct lightning strike on Monday taking it out of action too. This unfortunate timing means that they currently have no functioning telescopes. Faulkes Telescope South should be fixed by early next year and Faulkes Telescope North may forego some planned upgrades in order to provide a working instrument from November onwards.

It has been a bad week for observational astronomy.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 20th Oct 2006 (11:27 BST) | Permalink
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