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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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Amazing dishes

This, the VLA location, is an important astronomical site and was a filming location for Contact... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Wow! Must see these things up close

About a 45 minute drive from Socorro is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory featuring 27 of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Embudo, New Mexico
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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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“walking tour” (22 reviews)
“radio telescope” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
50 Miles West of Socorro, NM, Off U.S. Hwy. 60, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 575-835-7243
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This, the VLA location, is an important astronomical site and was a filming location for Contact and 2010: The Year We Make Contact. It is a site to behold especially when the 27 dishes/antennas are in their widest array- 22 square miles. The visitor center...More

Thank GreenJedi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

About a 45 minute drive from Socorro is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory featuring 27 of these HUGE radio antennas. Stop in, watch the 23 minute video, narrated by Jodie Foster, and learn what they are up to out in the high desert of New...More

Thank cdfrosty
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have you seen the movie Contact with Jodie Foster?? She narrates the short movie at the Very Large Arrays (VLA). The gift shop was pretty neat with a lot of interesting items and the lady was very nice. The tour is self guided and interesting....More

Thank Q4257KYbarbaras
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Stopped by VLA on our way home from Socorro NM and glad we stopped in to visit. This is a very interesting place and the short video of VLA was very informational. I have seen pictures of this area but never had a chance to...More

Thank photojohn
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Very cool (and very large!). This visit inspired our daughter to ask questions that I don't think she'd ever considered before, which is a good thing.

Thank itisjustus
Reviewed 28 November 2017

The video before the self guided walking tour was interesting and helpful. The lady at the desk was very informative and friendly as well. We also saw pronghorns while there.

Thank 886suzannet
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

The "Very Large Array" name becomes clear by the time you leave the center. Fascinating and well presented the video presentation was worth the extra 20 minutes to view. Easy to walk , view and understand this observatory with the self guided tour. Gift shop...More

Thank bmonson
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Very odd to come upon all these HUGE satellites stretched out in pretty open, empty country. Worth a look and some research to understand the underlying history. Young kids might be fascinated if you fill them in.

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We appreciated this amazing site (hubby was more interested than I) and the opportunity to learn and see. The ARAY was spread out at its max I think, so pics weren't as impressive, but still fun. It was COLD and WINDY. The person we paid...More

Thank bjsr
Reviewed 20 November 2017

When you drive through the the Plains of St. Augustin, the VLA is a fascinating and startling sight, but there is much more to see. If you go to the visitor center there is an excellent film talking about the history and science of the...More

Thank J N
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Deborah S
23 March 2016|
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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.