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Very Large Array

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Address: Plains of San Agustin, Socorro County, NM
Phone Number: 5758357000

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Worth a visit to get so up close to the satellite dishes

The drive was a little long, as it is kind of out in the middle of nowhere to be free from light pollution for the observatory, but well worth it. Antelope all over the place... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The drive was a little long, as it is kind of out in the middle of nowhere to be free from light pollution for the observatory, but well worth it. Antelope all over the place, including on the road to the visitor center. They move out of the car's way, but are clearly not concerned about doing it too quickly.... More 

Thank Citimowse
Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the minute you drive over the hill and see the arrays until you pull into the parking lot where a man stands with a piece of equipment around his neck looking for stray signals from vehicles, you know you're in for a treat. The film is amazing and a walk around the property answers just enough questions to leave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened along the VLA by chance. Saw it advertised on I-25 just before turning onto highway 60 about 50 miles west of I-25. A gem in the high desert. There is a 25 minute video explaining the work done at this site by scientists from all over the world. There is a self guided walking tour of the property.... More 

Thank Sheila1112
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The VLA was a highlight of our New Mexico vacation. We had an excellent tour from one of the engineers, including visiting the control room and seeing various spots where Jodie Foster filmed "Contact." This place is a must-see for fans of that film, or anyone with an imagination. The stark white satellite dishes set against the gorgeous mountain vistas... More 

Thank ReadyForThisJelly
Oceanside, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is more than a little off the beaten path - but you learn why when you visit the Visitor's Center. They let you walk up to one of the arrays and take photos. No cell phones except on airplane mode to take photos.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not an ordinary place, however it was educational and amazing. The purpose of these towers is very interesting. They are off the beaten path so you will not stumble upon it - you have to be interested to go there.

Thank Vickistravels2013
Burnsville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The drive to the place is the best part of the whole trip. The land is beautiful down highway 60. Saw several antalope on the way down. I didn't enjoy the satellite dishes. But it may be for someone else.

Thank barnett202
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The trip on Highway 60 alone made it worthwhile - really scenic. Antenna location looked like another planet. Was able to walk up to a working antenna as it was changing position. Movie answered a number of questions I had. Would have liked to have seen more real time data in museum such as what the antennas were fixated on... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

If you're in the area, or more likely just passing by, it's certainly worth a visit. Interesting stuff and good value.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

This is pretty impressive for science nerds, and of course the VLA has featured in films like Contact. There's a great free little visitor centre including a 20-minute film explaining how the radio observatory works (narrated by Jodie Foster natch). Outside there's a few additional demonstrations, and you can walk right up to one of the antennas. It's pretty cool... More 

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