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VLA (Very Large Array Telescopes)

VLA (Very Large Array Telescopes)

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  • Date Posted: Jun 30, 2012
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We love to visit anything that has to do with science, especially astronomy, physics, or energy.  So it’s imperative science-nuts like us visit the “Very Large Array” of Radio Telescopes, or as it is better known as V.L.A.

There are several of these MASSIVE radio telescopes (looking like satellite dishes) in the New Mexico desert west of Socorro.  This array sits atop the continental divide, so there is a lot less atmosphere to interfere with the signals.

We drove around the base for an hour to check out the place.  We showed up on a day when they weren’t doing tours.  Bummer.  It would have been nice to see the insides of the command station, but we’ll have to do that on a future date.

We headed north and needed to fill up.  We pulled off at an old gas station that had some abandoned tourist traps looking like plywood teepees.

Watch out for tarantulas there, Glennie.

 

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