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Socorro and VLA

The last thing one would expect to find some 50 miles west of Socorro, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley in south central New Mexico, is a radio astronomical observatory. The Very Large Array (VLA), is situated in the planes of San Augustin, a high altitude (7000ft) sparsely inhabited grassland surrounded by mountain ranges. The VLA is made up of 27 80-foot antennas that can be moved along railway tracks in a Y configuration. Some of the movie Contact was shot there. A stark presence of these mammoth antennas in the middle of nowhere will easily appeal to any photographer. Anyone interested in science and technology should also find a visit very enjoyable.

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Church tower Church window Altar Lady of Guadalupe Visitor center restroom Big dish
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Rear view Rabbit Big glass induced hypnosis Hangar VLA lines
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VLA lines Power is in the numbers Watching the sky VLA Fiery sunset Fiery sunset
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Last rays


Last updated: March 17, 2003
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