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National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro

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  • Take the entire day to leisurely drive to the VLA and visit some of the tiny towns and historic sites along the way. The site itself opens up and is a huge flat, high area with the array in full glori...  more »
  • We drove out to see the VLA because of my interest in Astronomy. I found the experience thought provoking, reminding us of how small we are and of what is possible. 
  • 50 mile drive(75 min) one way. Plan on 3 to 4 hours. Closes at 5pm. Don't drive this at night, could be dangerous. 
  • This is the administrative and scientific center building. The actual antennas are 45 miles west near the intersection of US 60 and New Mexico Highway 52. I don't know why there's pictures of the dishes here. You can't locate sensitive radio receivers in a city.
  • Well, we drove to the address given, and it was a shipping building. We even drove through the golf course to see if we could see it from behind, nope, nice golf course. Never did find the Radio Observatory. Disappointed we just continued on our journey.
  • This is the Jansky Very Large Array. It is run by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which has offices nation-wide, including in Socorro, NM.