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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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Address: 50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
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+1 575-835-7243
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical radio...

This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical radio telescope, one of four major telescopes operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The VLA is the most scientifically productive ground-based telescope in the world. Our visitor center and interpretive film will get you oriented to the purpose and function of the telescope, and a self-guided tour path will take you up close to one of the VLA's 27 230-ton dish antennas.

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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... read more

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 glorious view. The videos are very informative and do not miss them as most of your questions will be answered... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Corte Madera, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

never been there before; really was fascinating and got to see the arrays move!!!! was really cold and windy the day we went but we were glad we went out of the way to see it

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a bit misleading, when you search things to do in Socorro, you find the Observatory. But its 50 miles West of Socorro. No where close to Socorro. We made the drive out there and we were glad we did. It was pretty cool, the Very Large Array is huge! Its beautiful out in the mountains and the satellites are... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

If you have a interest in this sort of science, it's worth the scenic drive. It's not crowded! You may learn something.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We went for a night sky photo shoot, a workshop during the Festival of the Cranes. It's not usually open after sunset. Since we wanted go go anyway, even during the day, this was a two-fer. We went in the afternoon, stayed through sunset (which anyone can), then attended the workshop. Fascinating information and scientific work being done there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

The Very Large Array is the distribution and periodic redistribution of 27, 82 foot radio receivers which are collectively used to record and process long waved radio waves from space. The supercomputer which processes the data is one of the worlds largest. A technical exhibit unlike any other.

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Texarkana, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

If you have any interest in astrology or radio astronomy this is a wonderful place to visit. It’s off the beaten path so you have to plan to visit the facility but it was a very enjoyable experience. Take the time to watch the film; it offers a good insight to the facility. We’ve visited it twice and we enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We spent a couple of hours at this facility. This is stuff you only dream of. If you enjoyed the movie 'Contact' with Jodi Foster, you'll love this site. We watched the museum movie, did the small museum and then walked outside as part of the self-guided tour. The weather was perfect and we could see for miles. Out of... More 

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