National Radio Astronomy Observatory


NRAONRAO is not a division of New Mexico Tech (it is funded by the National Science Foundation), but its office on the New Mexico Tech campus operates two major radio telescopes: the Very Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).

New Mexico Tech operates two major radio telescopes on behalf of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory - the Very Large Array (VLA), and the Very Large Baseline Array (VLBA).

The Very Large Array is made up of 27 radio antennas configured in a "Y-shape" 50-miles west of Socorro, N.M. Each radio antenna is 82-feet (25-meters) in diameter. The data from each antenna is combined to create the resolution of an antenna 22-miles in diameter.