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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Socorro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Traveler Description: The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is the world's premier radio telescope facillity, used by astronomers throughout the year to make the most... more »
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seattel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Having driven by this previously one could only wonder what in the world... Although I just loved this little outing I must admit I was a bit reluctant. It was very informative and so interesting. Those dish antenna are more than big. Who knew all that goes on here. I highly recommend this stop. And it's free!!!

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is a trip that is well worth it if you are in the area. Photos do not do justice to the place. Be sure to spent plenty of time in the museum for all the details of the Very Large Array. Very impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is the place that every school aged child, young and old, should be brought. It is one of the most fantastically interesting, unforgetable, mind boggling, educational experiences you will ever see. These giant radio telescopes AKA The Very Large Array are all interconnected with each other and to other sites around the world. Some of the signals received each... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We happened to be there on a day when they were giving guided tours, which probably added to the experience. I don't pretend to understand the technical side of there work, but it was fascinating none the less. There are 27 huge radio dishes and you can practically walk right up to one. It's impressive. Go see it if you... More

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Babylon, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was a last minute visit to a rather unique scientific site, "The Very Large Array" as it's called. It was late in the day so we didn't visit long. The site is amazing and a must visit if you're near by. No need to have an interest in astronomy to enjoy.

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The NRAO and VLA is a great place to stop if you are traveling through New Mexico. This is where parts of the movie "Contact" were filmed and it is a great place to get an education on Radio Astronomy. Take your camera!

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This area is 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico, but is well worth the time it takes to drive to the site. The visitor center and the displays inside are interesting as well as informative. The walking tour takes you to a radio sundial which is one of the most fascinating, scientific things I have ever seen. And being... More

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We like science and technology so were very interested in the VLA radio telescope. Great visitor center and self-guided walking tour. You can get right up to the base of one of the huge receivers. It's way out in the middle of nowhere but worth the visit -- just be prepared for a 45-minute drive from Socorro.

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Moscow, Idaho
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is the NSF Business location. The actual array is an hour west of this location. There's nothing to see here at the business building.

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John S, Public Relations Manager at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, responded to this review

So sorry for the confusion! The Very Large Array (VLA) Visitor Center is indeed 50 miles west of the city of Socorro (but still in Socorro County) along U.S. Hwy. 60. In this remote location we don't have a conventional postal 'address' as such. We are working with TripAdvisor to revise the listing to reflect our actual location and hope... More

CARROLLTON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Although still in operation, it has the feeling of passing the golden years, as the rest of the space program. There is still some reserach going on listening to intergalactic radio signals...perhaps to listen to the spacecraft coming to rescues those ETs that alledgedly crashed in nearby Roswell. Second visit since I have friends that never been there before.

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