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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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Glad we saw it on the map!!

We noticed this place on the road map as we were heading towards AZ from Socorro, NM. We aren't nerds, but once we spotted the many dishes along the desert, we decided to stop. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We noticed this place on the road map as we were heading towards AZ from Socorro, NM. We aren't nerds, but once we spotted the many dishes along the desert, we decided to stop. We got some first hand knowledge of how the facility operates from an astronomer who was waiting for a group to take on a tour. Very... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The visitor tour is really informative and of great value. You get to get really close to some of the facilities, probably as close as one could possibly dare. We can only suggest to come. But please be honest and pay the entrance fee. It's not high, but still we saw people avoiding to enter the shop.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Amazing technology for all visitors to view. Kind of off the most traveled roads adding to the appeal for some.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Understanding the importance of science and technology can get a big boost from visiting the Very Large Array. Not much to do for infants and toddlers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A must-see stop in central New Mexico! The radio telescopes have several different array formations throughout the year, so check in what arrangement they'll have the radio telescopes if you want to photograph them close together. You don't necessarily need to have a guided tour, there's plenty of info along the walking path to answer any questions you have about... More 

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I visited the VLA when it was under construction in 1979 and have always wanted to return. To say it's off the beaten path is an understatement, but we managed to work it into a trip to Arizona. As you top out coming from Magdelena and drop off onto the Plains of St. Augustine the sight of 27 90-foot dishes... More 

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marietta GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

so i am a HS science teacher so for me this place holds more appeal than it would for most, but it is a great unique visit for anyone. museum does a great job of explaining the nuts and bolts of the facility in terms anyone can understand. great little gift shop with very unique items

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Wyoming
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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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Address: 50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
Phone Number: +1 575-835-7243
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Socorro

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