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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
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It's amazing how much I don't know!

This is well worth the trip out there. We went for a Saturday tour at 11am. Buy tickets at the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Janet T
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Louisville, Kentucky
Great exhibit

This was an add on to our vacation and was glad we did. Went on a Sunday morning and had the place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
gulfcoastfriend
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New Jersey
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This site is home to the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array astronomical radio telescope, one of four major telescopes operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The VLA is the most scientifically productive ground-based telescope in the world. Our visitor center and interpretive film will get you oriented to the purpose and function of the telescope, and a self-guided tour path will take you up close to one of the VLA's 27 230-ton dish antennas.
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  • Average4%
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“walking tour” (25 reviews)
“radio telescope” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
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"short movie"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well worth the trip out there. We went for a Saturday tour at 11am. Buy tickets at the little gift shop, which is arranged so well that even though it is small, there are many items of interest for all ages. Even if...More

Thank Janet T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an add on to our vacation and was glad we did. Went on a Sunday morning and had the place pretty much to ourselves. Walk about to see an actual satellite array. It was amazing the technology involved with this. The movie was...More

1  Thank gulfcoastfriend
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

The Jansky Very Large Array is a good, but easy, 2 hour drive from Albuquerque. I had expected the "array" to be in a series of rows and columns so it was a real surprise to learn that the 27 235-ton radio antennae were in...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We were completely unaware that this place even existed. We were encouraged to check it out while on an RV trip to New Mexico from an absolute stranger. We will be forever grateful for the tip! We had such an enjoyable experience and would highly...More

1  Thank Deborahh1953
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We are planetary enthusiasts and this was so neat. What they can detect is incredible. Great gift shop. Absolutely worth the trip

1  Thank debbie s
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Very Large Array outside Socorro NM. The film in the visitor center was very informative and we learned much about this unique installation. The walking tour around the grounds and the opportunity to walk right up beneath one...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

We were in Socorro’s for a wedding, and looking for something to do for a while. Drove out to the VLA and wow! Who knew! Even my 14 year old granddaughter thought it was interesting! Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Wow this place is in the middle of no where, Must he a great place to stargaze at night, The 28 dishes are huge and on railroad tracks, They get moved every once in awhile, It’s a self guided walking tour, Just amazing how big...More

1  Thank James P
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

I'm so glad that 'we' as a nation had the insight to build the Very Large Array (VLA). Not sure we'd build it today. Another story. While on our way to Phoenix via US 60, we planned to visit the VLA about 50 miles west...More

1  Thank MikeB1952
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I visited on the first Saturday of the month, when special activities include a tour with astronomers, a solar telescope to view flares and sun spots, a entry into the control center with a view of the supercomputer. Special tours are also held on the...More

1  Thank LorenzoDad
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Response from dirtgirl21 | Reviewed this property |
My dog loved it! I was there closer to the time the gift shop closed, but I think dogs are allowed outside the whole time.
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