Hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and a marvelous next year.
The VLA is a radio astronomy observatory located on Route 60 West of Socorro, NM. The array is made up of 27 independent antennas. Each dish is 82 feet (25 meters) wide. The array is y-shaped and measures 13 miles long, and the configuration is actually movable and changed every three to four months. There is an array of ten similar sized dishes in Hawaii. The antennas received radio communications for Voyager 2 as it flew by Neptune. It has been used in more than 10,000 astronomical projects.
This array was shown in the movies “Contact,” “Armageddon,” “Terminator Salvation,” and “Independence Day.” It can be seen on the cover of the Bon Jovi album “Everyday,” and Dire Strait’s album “On The Night.”
According to Wikipedia it is not used to assist in the search for extra-terrestrial life. But I’m glad to use it to signify our families reaching out to our new and old family and friends.