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Firefighters face rough terrain as they battle Mt. Wilson blaze

Firefighters were still battling a 50-acre wildfire that is threatening the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory and a collection of vital communications towers in the San Gabriel Mountains. The fire was 25% contained as of 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, said Angeles National Forest spokeswoman Seneca Smith....

Fire Burning In Angeles National Forest Near Mt. Wilson Observatory

A number of telecommunications towers are threatened by the fire. [ more › ]

Wildfire approaches Mt. Wilson Observatory, threatens TV towers

Firefighters battle a brush fire early Tuesday around Mt. Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Fire near Mt. Wilson Observatory threatens TV towers

Firefighters were battling a 26-acre brush fire early Tuesday around Mt. Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains that was threatening to burn nearby television broadcast towers, authorities said. The fire broke out around 3:54 a.m. near the Mt. Wilson Observatory and was fully uncontained as of 7 a.m.,...

Firefighters battle blaze near Mt. Wilson Observatory

Firefighters were battling a brush fire early Tuesday around Mt. Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. near the Mt. Wilson Observatory. Fire officials did not estimate the number of acres burned. No structures were immediately threatened. Temperatures were expected...

Artists to take over Mt. Wilson Observatory for science-inspired exhibitions and performance this weekend

A group of artists inspired by science and the history of the Mt. Wilson Observatory will take over the site for a weekend of performance and exhibitions.

Shooting the Bluecut Fire

To get away from the heat today—into a little less heat and an excuse to exercise, I drove up to Mt. Wilson, where I visited the Observatory and walked around the antenna farm there. As it happened, the Bluecut Fire was also visiting the same San Gabriel Mountains, a few miles to the east at […]

Let there be (less) light

Looking out across Los Angeles from Mt. Wilson Observatory at night, the hills and mountains look like islands in a sea of light. It was here that Edwin Hubble first proved our universe was expanding at a rapid pace. From this vantage point you can still make out the major constellations, but drive...

On the Market: One of the Oldest Pieces of LA Television History is Up For Sale on Mt. Wilson

Image via Radcliffe Dacanay / Creative Commons Mt. Wilson is easy to pick out of a mountain lineup; it's the one with all the antennas. (It's also home to an incredible observatory, but that's harder to see from afar.)...

Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats

3 years agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. Show More Summary

Video Interlude: Take a Breathtaking Ride to the Top of Mt. Wilson's Solar Tower

The 1904 Mt. Wilson Observatory has a critical place in astronomy history: "It is where Nobel laureate Albert Michelson determined the speed of light, Edwin Hubble proved that the universe was expanding, and where, 100 years ago last month,...

L.A.'s Mt. Wilson Observatory inspires the future of cosmology

The first thing I notice as we climb the steep stairs is an old hand crank telephone — the kind that looks like a face with two brass bells for eyes and a black trumpet for a mouth. It sits in a cubby along with a rotary telephone from the 1950s and a push-button model from the end of last...

Extra, Extra: Don't Miss Today's Transit of Venus, Live from Mt. Wilson Observatory

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Gratitude for saving Mt. Wilson

Firefighters from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties knew well the history and scientific treasure that was at stake when the Station Fire threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory. They made it their...

Mt. Wilson Observatory Saved from Fire, Others Not So Lucky

A massive 150,000 acre fire burning near Los Angeles has been threatening the Mt. Wilson Observatory for the past week, but the historic site where astronomers first proved that there are many galaxies in the universe has been spared, barring any unforeseen circumstances. “The Observatory grounds are in the best possible shape, the fire fighters remain [...]

Founders fear Stony Ridge Observatory might be lost in Station fire

As the plight of Mt. Wilson remains in the forefront, a summit six miles northeast that also houses a decades-old observatory has yet to receive much attention. But Stony Ridge Observatory, whose fate is unknown, is worth acknowledging, said one...

Fires reach Mt. Wilson Observatory

I have just found out that the wildfires burning across southern California have reached the peak of Mt. Wilson, where one of the U.S.’s premier observatories sits. There are several live feeds; I’m watching on CBS’s UStream. The fire is meters from the domes as I write this, and it’s easy to see one of [...]

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