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Welcome to the Very Large Array!

Image of the VLA

The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 36km (22 miles) across, with the sensitivity of a dish 130 meters (422 feet) in diameter. For more information, see our overview of the VLA, and the configuration schedule.

We will be offering our regular guided tours of the VLA every first Saturday of the month, from 11AM to 3PM.

Image of the VLA Read about the fundamentals of radio astronomy.
Painting an antenna What does it take to keep the VLA working?
Azimuth bearing parts How do you change the azimuth bearing on a 230-ton antenna?
Christina Lacey Who uses the VLA?
Sunrise at the VLA Visit the VLA Art Gallery

Modified on Thursday, 17-Apr-2014 13:32:41 MDT