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Address: 50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
Phone Number: +1 575-835-7243
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Description: This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical...
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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time fo rfull moon or day before

An outstanding place. We were there the day before full moon and were able to photograph the moon on top of the radio telescopes. Outstanding to say the least.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

An outstanding place. We were there the day before full moon and were able to photograph the moon on top of the radio telescopes. Outstanding to say the least.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Had read about this place and after reading in "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" as one of the thousand, drove 44 miles from Socorro, NM. Arrived at visitor center and noticed sign indicating cost of $6 per person. Entered building and saw that film was in progress, so went to gift shop to inquire! Two employees were involved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was our second time visiting this site. It's always so amazing. But what was really special about this visit was the quided tour led by a young man who actually uses these telescopes. Very interesting getting the inside scoop and seeing things you would not normally get to see on the self guided tour. They do this the first... More 

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Socorro, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Note that the VLA radiotelescopes are on the plains of Saint Augustine, about 60 miles west of Socorro. The mapped location is for the array operation center on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro. Most of the staff actually work in Socorro at the AOC, but there's nothing for visitors to do at the site in Socorro. At the... More 

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Socorro, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Worth the time.They want me to add more..but what can you say. Have had both self- guided and guided tours m

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When you com over the hill from Socorro and the plains of St Augustine the array of 27 large radio dishes highlights the view. The visitor center is very good and the self guided tour gives you a very good explanation of what the VLA does. There is an admission now but low enough that it is very worthwhile

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Excellent side trip. Very educational and I learned a lot. Great place for kids of all. I enjoyed the self - guided tout, but only drawback was that there were no people to get questions answered.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The railroad that they use to move the dishes is amazing, and the dishes are awesome. A must see. The outdoor exhibits are great

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Uxbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The drive from Socorro to the VLA takes about 50 minutes and the vistas are amazing. Then, the VLA itself is mind boggling. We managed to stuff our brains with as much information as they could hold and were blown away by the scope of the research done there. It is not for young children but teens would get a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The VLA (very large array) has been in quite a few films the most famous was with Jodie Foster in "Contact" . Do not expect a Smithsonian type visitors center but it is well down with a small gift shop and an auditorium with seating for about 30. The documentary is about 20 minutes and very informative. It is located... More 

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