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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 10 Attractions in Socorro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

It is just like in the movie Contact. The discs are huge & rather a ballet act as they change position.

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Windsor colo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Amazing setting for exploring the universe. Huge radio telescopes on rail road lines. Fantastic photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This was our second visit here in 10 years. I was just as amazed as I was 10 years ago of the technology. It is good to see our government upgrade existing technology rather than scrap it. The exhibits can take you as deep into the technology as you want to go. They are designed for the novice and expert... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The VLA is out of the way, 1 h drive from Socorro NM, but it is totally worth visiting it. The visitor center has souvenirs, exhibitions and some movies. The place is visited via self-guided paths which go pretty close to the radio telescopes. My family and I really enjoyed it, including my 3 year old son.

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seattel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

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

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

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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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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