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Dish antennae of the VLA radio telescope, NM, USA

Dish antennae of the VLA radio telescope, NM, USA

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FRANCOIS GOHIER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCOIS GOHIER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

View of several of the dish antennae which make up the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope near Socorro, New Mexico. The VLA is the world's largest single-location radio telescope array, consisting of 27 dishes (plus one spare), each 25 metres in diameter. The dishes can be moved to various positions along the arms of a Y-shaped railway network. Two of the arms are 21 km in length, the third is 19 km. The data from all the dishes are combined to produce a single radio image, simulating the effect of using a single 27 km diameter radio dish.

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