Very Large Array - New Mexico

The Very Large Array - My Photos, Video And Directions
Very Large Array

The Very Large Array is one of those places that you must see if you are a lover of astronomy. Located in the isolated lands of western New Mexico, this group of large antennas seem so surreal ... it feels like they're on another planet. I first saw the Very Large Array in 2008 as I was biking across America. On that day, I rode from Datil to Socorro, and they made quite an impression on me. Four years later, I had time to take the walking tour, browse the visitor center and take a number of photos that are shown on this page. I highly recommend the Very Large Array, especially if science interests you and you're in the vicinty of Socorro, New Mexico.

Directions: From Socorro, travel west on U.S. Highway 60. Drive through the town of Magdalena. Continue on U.S. Highway 60 until you reach the wide open plains, and you can't miss the Very Large Array telescopes on the left. Follow the signs to the entrance. (If you reach Datil, you've gone too far.)

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Very Large Array

Very Large Array New Mexico

Very Large Array New Mexico

Three decent shots of the massive telescopes.
Very Large Array Telescope The walking tour took me to the foot of one of the telescopes. Only when you're standing next to it, do you realize how large they are ... so large that I couldn't include the entire dish in this photo.
Very Large Array

Very Large Array

The Very Large Array all faced in one direction when I walked away. After exploring another section of the walking tour, I noticed the antennas had all turned upward to the sky.

Free Tour

Free Tours

On the first Saturday of each month, the VLA hosts free guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is also a visitor center with a gift shop, more displays and information, and a video presentation.
There are so many questions that a common visitor like myself had, and the video (inside the visitor center) and the signs answered most of them. In this section, I snapped photos of some of the signs on the walking tour. Read and enjoy ...
An introduction ...
Why the Very Large Array was placed in the Plains of San Agustin, a very isolated region of western New Mexico.
About the antennas and how they switch directions at a moment's notice.
Very Large Array Tour How the Very Large Array works and tracks activity in space.
Transporting the antennas. Wow!

Specific measures on the size of these antennas.

My Video

Oh my, was it windy!

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