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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Images of day: Surreal Texas wildfire photos from McDonald Observatory

(David Doss/McDonald Observatory)
In far west Texas lies McDonald Observatory, a major astronomical research center of the University of Texas at Austin. In recent days, large wildfires have burned in its vicinity, sparked by an extreme drought and fanned by gusty winds. On Monday, April 11, the wildfires briefly knocked out power to the Observatory. Although it has been closed to the public at times over the last week, the Observatory has not been harmed and plans to re-open Wednesday. The images in this post show some of the breathtaking imagery of the surrounding fires...

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(Frank Cianciolo/McDonald Observatory)

(Frank Cianciolo/McDonald Observatory)

More photos available on the McDonald Observatory Facebook page.

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