VLA (Very Large Array) New Mexico
Its been a dream of mine to see this amazing place ever since I saw the movie Contact. It runs 24 hours a day, collecting radio waves from black holes, quasars, and early signals from the beginning of our universe. Its humbling to stand in front of one of the massive telescopes while it collects radio waves emitted millions of light years away.
Had to wake up at 2am to get to the VLA by the time they opened. Some amazing scenes as the sun was coming up in the high plains.
Different world out here, with elevations of the flatlands averaging 7,000ft.
A few million years ago, it used to be a lakebed.
Stopping for gas, the surrounding areas are like stepping back in time.
Its pretty exhilarating when you first see it
Such a beautiful thing!
The tour is self guided. I will warn you, the high elevation caught me off guard. I got pretty light headed just walking to the base of one of the telescopes.
Me as a reference, I’m 6’3″!
Truly a magnificent experience. Id highly recommend any astronomy enthusiasts visit the VLA.
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