VLA, Very Large Array Radio Telescopes Socorro, NM

VLA Website

The Largest Radio Array on the Planet! These Big Ears listen to the sounds of the Universe. If you’re ever in Albuquerque or Central New Mexico, it is well worth the trip to see this awesome site!

The dishes are arranged in a “Y” shape pattern. Each leg of the “Y” can span 13 miles long

VLA sign

Radio dishes at sunset & one leg of the Array. The radio array operates 24 hours a day, 7days a week

John under a Dish & Dish #13 in for repair. All dishes are movable along railroad-type tracks, this allows for varying the size of the array as well as repair

Array of 27 radio dishes

Circumpolar Rotation & Dish closeup at night