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Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array
Located fifty (50) miles west of Socorro on Highway 60 Socorro
SouthWest
575-835-7243

As you travel west on Highway 60, you crest a small cluster of hills, and suddenly you see spread before you a mass of huge radio dishes—27 of them, to be exact. They may all be clustered together in the center of what was once an ancient sea, or they may be spread out along their connecting railroad tracks to a span of 26 miles across the Plains of San Agustin. If you pause to watch them, you’ll see the dishes rotate and move simultaneously as they search the sky for the focus of the current object of research. It might be a galaxy, or a black hole, supernovas or protoplanetary disks: any number of astronomic objects researchers are using the Array to study. In the center of the Array sits the Visitor Center, an unassuming building overflowing with information about the engineering and mechanics of the telescopes, the part radio waves play in astronomical research, what scientists have learned about our Universe by using the VLA. Visitors can wander through the exhibits, watch the video, take a walk out to the base of one of the 95-feet tall, 230-ton dishes, or walk up on the observation deck to view the north arm of the Array or peek through the windows into the Array Operating Center. The Visitor Center is open every day from 8:30am to dusk. The gift shop is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The first Saturday of each month, the public is invited to behind-the-scenes tours of the facilities. The tours and admission to the Visitor Center are all free.