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The most photogenic array of radio telescopes in the world, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) of Radio Telescopes in New Mexico, USA, has also been one of the most productive.
Each of the 27 radio telescopes in Very Large Array, located on the remote Plains of San Agustin, is the size of a house and can be moved on train tracks. The VLA has been used to discover water on planet Mercury, radio-bright coronae around ordinary stars, micro-quasars in our Galaxy, gravitationally-induced Einstein rings around distant galaxies, and radio counterparts to cosmologically distant gamma-ray bursts. The vast size of the VLA has allowed astronomers to study the details of super-fast cosmic jets, and even map the center of our Galaxy.
The Very Large Array near Socorro, N.M., is one of the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescopes, an incredible place to visit for the science that is being done here, the engineering marvel that is the telescope itself, and the sheer beauty of these huge dishes in the middle of the NM plains.
August 11th, 2014
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