Sep
01
2009

Los Angeles is Burning

...any Bad Religion fans out there? Oh nevermind. The daily feed from NASA's MODIS Aqua satellite has some cool images of the Los Angeles wildfire. It's shocking to see how close it is to the city. You can follow the images as the fire progresses on the MODIS website for the LA area. Double click to zoom in below:

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

Looks like an important research station on top of Mount Wilson in the area is also under threat. The Mount Wilson Observatory along with quite a few telecommunication towers are in danger of being gobbled up in the fire.

They have a webcam at the observatory, but it looks like it's stopped broadcasting. I hope that just means that the power is out, and not that the station is ablaze.

According to that article this is the observatory where:

In the 1920s, Edwin Hubble used the observatory's 100in Hooker Telescope to prove that the Milky Way is one galaxy among many, and that the Universe is expanding.

posted on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 10:26am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Beyond the obvious fire danger, it's kind of freaky to look at a picture from space of a fire that's endangering an observatory.

posted on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 11:07am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Last comment from me on this...I swear...but wouldn't it be great if nature could self-correct and the hurricane heading toward Baja move a little bit further north to L.A.. and put out the wildfires?

posted on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 11:33am
bianca medina's picture
bianca medina says:

i love volcanoes but i've always wondered how do they erupt

posted on Mon, 10/12/2009 - 12:33pm
space time temperal operator's picture
space time temperal operator says:

they errupt due to pressure of magma built up under the hardened magma skin plate movement adds to the erruption http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Homework/mountains/volcanoes.htm

posted on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 12:40pm
Smokey the Bear's picture
Smokey the Bear says:

Remember. Only you can stop forest fires.

posted on Sat, 10/17/2009 - 10:35am

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