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Very Large Array

The VLA is astronomical observatory consisting of 27 large dish shaped antennas that are connected to work together as one very large radio telescope. The array is arranged on three arms shaped like a Y, each arm is 13 miles/21 km long. The Antenna can be repositioned along the arms using the specially designed Hein's Trein on the railroad tracks that form the Y-shape.

alburnkat This photo was shot on film. Taken by alburnkat with a Fuji Natura Classica (available in our Online Shop) loaded with Lomography Color Negative 100 film (available in our Online Shop) in near Socorro, NM, United States. These tags describe this photo: observatory, dish, antenna, telescopes, radio, array, large, very, and vla. Date: 2012-10. Time: Afternoon. This photo can also be found in the album VLA -The Very Large Array.


  1. buckshot


    Jeez, that's a lot of effort - hope they find something out there...! ;-)

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  2. slobill


    It's a long way from anywhere, I drove thru there in 1995.

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  3. alburnkat


    @slobill That is for sure, but I'm really glad we took the drive down there from where we were staying in Santa Fe just to see have vast it is. You must be quite the astronomy buff to have driven thru in '95, that's two years before the movie Contact. ;-)

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  4. slobill


    That same trip took a tour out to the Trinity site, where they tested the first a-bomb in 1945. That was interesting too.

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