A Very VERY Large Array

The VLA installation in Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico are our ears to the sky. But mostly they are a pretty amazing piece of engineering. One of 27 radio antennae, this dish is 82 feet in diameter. Until you get to the base of one of these dishes it’s truly hard to sense the relative size of them. But standing at the base — next to these 3′ fences one feels quite small indeed.