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Very Large Array

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Address: Plains of San Agustin, Socorro County, NM
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+1 575-835-7000

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Aliens, UFO's, Scientists...Enjoy!!

As they reached their teenagehood, I took my boys on a western trip, and set up our trip to include visits to Area 51, Meteor Crater, and the VLA. I can tell you that as we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Brooklet, Georgia
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Brooklet, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As they reached their teenagehood, I took my boys on a western trip, and set up our trip to include visits to Area 51, Meteor Crater, and the VLA. I can tell you that as we travelled from Roswell (Alien Central) to the VLA, we descended down from the mountains to the valley spreading out to the east. I will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was well worth the detour from Corpus Christi, TX. to Las Vegas NV. The self tour was very informative. Standing under one antenna makes one realize how small we are in the cosmos. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in astronomy.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove two hours south and west from Albuquerque to see this amazing facility. The visitor's center and self-guided tour provide great basic information about radio telescopes. And seeing the these huge telescopes out on the plains of San Agustin was awe inspiring. We're not astronomy geeks but we found the experience fascinating. We learned that they re-configure them 4... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go where to feel a contact with far deep space, proud a human ingenuity or just got a pleasure of clear sky, distant view and silent environment. Stunned view, especially at sunrise and sunset. Famous VLA - VERY LARGE ARRAY - is a radio telescope. In fact this is a set of huge radio dishes placed at dried bottom of... More 

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Dexter, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, I had to see the VLA for myself because of my love of the movie "Contact." However, I learned so much more during my self-guided tour, and gained a greater appreciation for the complexity and science behind the research. The facility offers guided tours on Saturday, which I wasn't able to take, but the self-guided tour allows you to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To see these large radio telescopes up close, you are in awe of the immense size. We stopped on our way from Roswell, New Mexico heading West to see the Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona. A lot to learn and experience here. They have a small gift shop on-site. A tour map (purchased from the gift shop) allows you to... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

I noticed signs for the Array while in New Mexico and one day coincidentally ended up driving by it. I would not make a detour to see this, but I was very impressed to see it so much to the point I felt obligated to pull over and take photos and soak it in.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We were on a road trip with no time constraints and decided to take a detour on HWY 60 to the Very Large Array. We aren't exactly space buffs, but the collection of radio telescopes seemed intriguing. We were able to go into the visitor center and watch a short film about space exploration and the telescopes that was narrated... More 

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Away from city lights and other disturbances, the 27 giant radio telescopes are listening 24X7 in a 40km wide dry lake bed on US 60. One dish is strategically placed near the road for a quick photo-op, but if you have a couple of hours to spare, take NM-52 and follow signs to Karl Jansky VLA. Visitor center is self... More 

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Birmingham, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

The guided tour offered only on first Saturday of the month is not worth taking. The guide adds nothing for a person even vaguely familiar with the function of the array. The self guided tour is not much better. The folder has only questions. The answers on the placards at the tour stops do not contain much information for a... More 

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