Very Large Array antennas, USA

Very Large Array antennas, USA

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Credit: DAVID HAY JONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Very Large Array antennas, Socorro, New Mexico, USA. The VLA, part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), consists of 27 radio antennas arranged in a Y-configuration. Each antenna, measuring 25 metres in diameter, is a parabolic dish that collects incoming radio waves and focusses them onto a receiver. The signals from the 27 antennas are combined to make the array equivalent to a radio dish 36 kilometres across. The VLA, opened in 1980, is used to study objects such as radio galaxies, quasars, pulsars, supernova remnants, and gamma ray bursts.

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