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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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Fun for Nerds of all ages!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 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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