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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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This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical radio...

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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Very Large Array

Nice little stop if you're into astronomy and science. We went there on a Saturday and got lucky because we got there just in time for the "First Saturday" tour. The guides were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice little stop if you're into astronomy and science. We went there on a Saturday and got lucky because we got there just in time for the "First Saturday" tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and answered all the questions. The place also has a little gift shop and a museum. You can also watch a movie about the VLA... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were excited and even honored to get close to the radio telescopes in the Very Large Array. We were able to visit during an open house when interns were giving guided tours and it was great to have someone who actually works with the telescopes to tell us about them and to answer our questions. We met with an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Turns out the VLA isn't about listening for ET signals, but it is a sophisticated astronomy installation. A technical presentation was provided. Cool to be up close to the large array.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If the skies and the beyond amaze you, this installation will help you understand why. Very educational!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was interesting. What was really cool was the fact that if you are into science and sound anyone can use the observatory for projects!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my dream jobs so being able to visit and take my family to see it was almost as good. The kids found the self guided tour to be fascinating even if the signs warning about snakes scared my youngest. The wildlife in the area were calm which gave my youngest some great photo shots of birds.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The VLA is located about 60 miles west of Soccoro, NM and is certainly worth the trip and entrance fee if you are at all interested in space and/or science. Make sure you save time to visit nearby Pie Town as they are great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For those who ask why we are searching out into the cosmos with a skeptical attitude, this may not be for you. These radio telescopes can see light years into our galaxy and beyond, so enough said. Don't be surprised if you get some crazy people on your tour as well who want nothing more than to grill the interns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the tour. If you are someone who must always be connected, this isn't the tour for you- no phones/wifi devices on during the guided paid tour. (Electronics interfere with the radio telescope data collection during your visit.) If you like astronomy, or computers, this is the tour you are looking for. Big numbers, pretty galaxies, computer speak, seeing an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there is lots of teloscopes the array is very large the view of the teloscopes from the balcony is nice

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