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“The truth is out there.”

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Socorro
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 7, 2012

One of the few times when you may get a chance to spend some time with your love ones and no cell phone going off...as you have to turn your mobiles off.

A wonderful place to spend some time taking in humankind's exploration of deep space. Well worth the scenic drive to the center.

The late afternoon is great for sunsets and taking in NRAO

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

If 27 Huge dishes (3 stories tall) in the middle of the desert isn't enough to peak you curiosity I don't know what you're looking for. The photo ops are endless. Try to get out there at sunset.

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Reviewed July 15, 2012

It was very interesting to see this. I am by no means interested in astronomy but it was still very interesting to see the huge satellites.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Everything about NRAO was great! Lovely experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We went there on Saturday, April 7th along with our two sons 9 and 10. My husband and I found it fascinating, but the boys, not so much. We met a female astronomer inside the museum section who was extremely helpful, even with our rather uneducated questions. After, we went on a tour outside, which I found very interesting, but too short. The two men who led the tour were very knowlegable and helpful in answering questions, but many of the people on the tour were far more educated than I, which meant I didn't understand much! That said, the place was very interesting with great displays and photos inside. It is in a very isolated area, but if you are a science fan and in the area, worth a drive out there.

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