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Very Large Array

Plains of San Agustin, Socorro County, NM
+1 575-835-7410
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Fascinating and Otherworldly

This is like being on a science fiction movie set - this has been featured in a number of films... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert S
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Lawrence, Kansas
Absolutely astounding.

This is a place I've always wanted to go. Interesting exhibit ... clear little trail around with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hobnob_Hobo
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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Plains of San Agustin, Socorro County, NM
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"self guided walking tour"
in 18 reviews
"radio telescope"
in 17 reviews
"control room"
in 8 reviews
"open house"
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"visitor center"
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"gift shop"
in 35 reviews
"railroad tracks"
in 7 reviews
"black holes"
in 4 reviews
"deep space"
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"light years"
in 4 reviews
"sheer size"
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"pie town"
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"science fiction"
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"minute film"
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"heading west"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is like being on a science fiction movie set - this has been featured in a number of films. The setting is a huge empty valley, and in the middle are 27 of these huge radio telescopes that are all oriented in the same...More

2  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place I've always wanted to go. Interesting exhibit ... clear little trail around with signage. A video inside first. A great gift shop. I must have stopped twenty times out on the road arriving and then leaving because it is so astounding...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory an hour west of Socorro, NM, on US 60. Every photo we had seen showed the 27 dishes (90' high) very close to one another. When we visited the dishes had been moved to their furthest positions on...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I do not say this lightly. I've seen a few things that have astounded me, but the Array is an entirely different category than any thing else. First off, the sheer size of the sight is overwhelming.It stretches nearly 30 miles across a wide, high...More

Thank Mike D
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

The Very Large Array consists of 27 radio astronomy dishes each 25 meters in diameter and very, very tall. They are arranged on railroad tracks to make changeable configurations that range from very close together to very far apart. Like, so far apart that the...More

Thank Kelly H
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I remember seeing this as a kid. We took our teenagers on the way to Arizona. The site is desolate. The middle of no where but in a good way. The size of the radio telescopes are amazing. There is a lot more scientific research...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Pretty cool, but they wanted an admission fee of $6 per person from us just for walking in the front door of the gift shop. We left.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Ever seen a giant radio dish up close? It's a bit of a drive, but totally worth it to see a... very large array of radio telescopes. The visitor center is small but informative, and there's a short walking tour that will take anywhere from...More

1  Thank Nate C
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

I am staying in Albuquerque and the Cery Large Array was recommended to me as a day trip. The scenery you drive through to get here makes the drive worth if even if you are not interested in science and astronomy. Cost is very reasonable;...More

3  Thank James K
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Awesome sight to see, if you are interested in space/science at all take the time to visit the VLA. Nice little visitors center and gift shop with a guided walking tour with activities and information along the way. The drive from I25 had a lot...More

Thank Jonathan S
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Inna V
1 June 2018|
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Response from Kelly H | Reviewed this property |
Have to agree with the previous answer, I doubt there is any public transportation other than a taxi that would get you out there. Rental car is probably the best option.
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Sharzad-so
9 April 2016|
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Response from Bosque-Bill | Reviewed this property |
I am not a scientist, but a recent visitor to VLA. The VLA has three radiating tracks that are about 14 km out from the center. The 28 dishes can be set as close as 1 km from the center and as far out as 14. The dishes (25 m... More
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13 March 2016|
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Response from davidfE454XR | Reviewed this property |
The night sky in New Mexico is unlike any other place. You can see every star. It’s tranquil. The night tour is great if you are into that stuff. The drive however could be dangerous depending on the amount of wildlife... More
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