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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
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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Pretty cool

We enjoyed the visit. It certainly is a long ways from everywhere though. They have a very small museum and then there is a self-guided tour which isn't that great. It is neat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the visit. It certainly is a long ways from everywhere though. They have a very small museum and then there is a self-guided tour which isn't that great. It is neat to see the antennas up close as they are HUGE. Several movies have been filmed here. I thought they could have done a better job telling bout... More 

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Wish we could have made it for the first Saturday tours, but the self guided walking tour was still good. We happened to see the one of antennas up close reposition. Awesome! It was well worth the price just to see this remarkable place.

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Eagle Rock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A must see in New Mexico. A bit off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. Small Gift Shop, But what do you expect for free!

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

as a homeschool family we are always looking for inexpensive yet great field trips - this fit the bill perfectly

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This was extremely interesting. Movies have been made here, and it's a great science learning place. The gift shop is wonderful, and this place is definitely worth the trip.

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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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