Situated in the southwestern United States on the Plains of San Agustin in central New Mexico, between Magdalena and Datil, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is a prominent centimeter-wavelength radio astronomy observatory. Positioned approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Socorro, the VLA is comprised of twenty-eight 25-meter radio telescopes, with twenty-seven in operational use and one undergoing maintenance in rotation. Arranged in a Y-shaped array, the
telescopes, mounted on double parallel railroad tracks, offer flexibility in adjusting the array's radius and density to optimize the balance between angular resolution and surface brightness sensitivity.
Equipped with state-of-the-art instruments, computing power, and functioning as an interferometer, the VLA has played a crucial role in astronomical research. Astronomers utilizing the array have conducted groundbreaking observations, ranging from studying black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars to discovering magnetic filaments and examining complex gas motions at the center of the Milky Way. The VLA has also contributed significantly to probing cosmological parameters of the Universe and advancing our understanding of the physical mechanisms behind radio emission.
Sitting at an elevation of 6,970 feet (2,120 m) above sea level, the VLA operates as part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under a cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
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• 50% cotton, 50% polyester
• Classic fit
• 1x1 athletic rib knit collar with spandex
• Air-jet spun yarn with a soft feel
• Double-needle stitched collar, shoulders, armholes, cuffs, and hem
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