NM Centennial - Shaped by Science, Pt. 5..Very Large Array
New Mexico's mountains and dry, clear air have long made it a popular spot for astronomers. Few examples are more famous that the Very Large Array.
The VLA uses 27 massive radio dishes to gather naturally occurring radio waves from distant galaxies. The National Science Foundation facility was completed in 1980. In the years since, it has served as one of the world's premier radio astronomy research centers.
Our thanks to the Albuquerque Journal's "New Mexico..100 Years of Statehood" publication for this info.