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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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This was a pretty good drive from Ruidoso, New Mexico wherecwevwere staying. It was well worth the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ellisville, Missouri
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Fascinating place to learn about radio astronomy and the cooperative efforts of observatories around the world!

Literally out in the middle of nowhere, there are about two dozen huge radio telescopes arranged in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anchorage, Alaska
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 2, 2009

The VLA is an atronomical observatory situated about 50 miles west of Socorro, NM,on U.S. Highway 60. From U.S. 60, turn South on NM 52, then West on the VLA access road, which is well marked. Signs will point you to the Visitor Center. The...More

5  Thank Sophie0811
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This is the NSF Business location. The actual array is an hour west of this location. There's nothing to see here at the business building.More

3  Thank Dale C
John S, Public Relations Manager at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2014

So sorry for the confusion! The Very Large Array (VLA) Visitor Center is indeed 50 miles west of the city of Socorro (but still in Socorro County) along U.S. Hwy. 60. In this remote location we don't have a conventional postal 'address' as such. We...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a pretty good drive from Ruidoso, New Mexico wherecwevwere staying. It was well worth the drive to see these 27 dishes out where nothing else was around. Did the waking tour and watched the movie. The dish that we could get the closest...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Literally out in the middle of nowhere, there are about two dozen huge radio telescopes arranged in a grid pattern on railroad tracks, so they can be moved to target various parts of the sky as the astronomers desire. Excellent informative movie on site, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have seen this place in a few movies and it has always intrigued me. I was in NM for a week on a caving project and during my free time I took the long drive out to see the VLR (Very Large Array). It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving and walking near these gigantic radio arrays is humbling. And the info building is informative. And the drive to get there is relaxing and beautiful.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have wanted to go here for YEARS and are so happy we finally made it. My mother. who just had her hip replaced, brought a folding chair for her to sit when needed, but mostly found enough sitting or leaning places...More

1  Thank boofsizemore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here and took an in-depth tour as part of the Enchanted Skies Star Party. It was very interesting and our guide was great. Definitely worth seeing and walking around. Also the movie they play in the visitor center is very informative.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This facility is located in a quiet zone with no microwaves, cell phones, electronics and any type of device which can interfere with the radio signals. There is a field of satellite dishes which they refer to as telescopes, listening for sounds from outer space....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was my second visit but first in about 15 years, so it was all pretty new to me again. I enjoyed the walking tour and the few exhibits inside the small visitor center as part of our group who just finished up attending a...More

Thank jtdriver
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit. Especially when there is an open house. Admission is free and there are many experts on campus to explain house the site operates.

Thank treker931
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Worth the trip out to the arrays. Fascinating pictures procured from the 18 arrays, placed up to 13 miles apart. Excellent movie about the site. You can walk around and get under one of these 250 ton radio wave receivers. It is windy, bring a...More

Thank Bennett H
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My dog loved it! I was there closer to the time the gift shop closed, but I think dogs are allowed outside the whole time.