Very Large Array celebrates 40 years of research

New Mexico

SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a big anniversary for one of the state’s biggest contributions to the scientific community. The Very Large Array, or VLA, hosted a day-long virtual event focusing on the observatory’s achievements over the decades.

The observatory, which is 50 miles west of Socorro, also celebrated some of the VLA’s contributions to Hollywood, providing backdrops for movies like Contact and Terminator Salvation. Experts were on hand to share their experiences with the site. “Today, I’m going to talk to you about mapping the radio sky,” said scientist Amy Kimball. “In particular, the very exciting survey we’re taking right now which is the VLA Sky Survey.” The observatory was founded in 1980 and saw significant expansion from 2002 to 2012.

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