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January 15, 2011   

Very Large Array

I ended up driving an extra 100 miles or so, much of which by dirt road, just to go see and tour the National Radio Astronomy Observatory VLA (Very Large Array). If it looks familiar to you, this is where the movie Contact was filmed. It’s about 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico, in the middle of the state. The middle of nowhere. I was able to see the array move a little while I was there, which was pretty impressive. Its active 24/7 with visiting scientists from all over the world.

 

NRAO VLA (very large array) near Socorro, New Mexico

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